Get a Library Card
Initial library cards are free to all City of Beloit residents, Beloit property owners, and all Rock County township residents who choose Beloit Public Library (BPL) as their home library. Residents who live in Wisconsin (excluding residents of the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County) also are able to get a BPL card. If you do not live in Wisconsin, or are a resident of the City of Milwaukee or Milwaukee County, you may get a BPL card by paying a $100/year fee, which may be paid in $25 quarterly increments.
Temporary Digital Card
Can’t make it to the library? Get an instant temporary card online and use it to check out materials, access digital audiobooks and e-books (through OverDrive, Libby, and Hoopla), and use our subscriptions to Lynda.com, Creativebug art and craft tutorials, and BrainFuse HelpNow live tutoring and homework help. (Temporary cards do not work for Gale Courses or Transparent Language.) Click here to get your digital card.
Physical Library Card Requirements
- Valid photo ID
- Proof of current address with name
- Those under the age of 16 must have parent or legal guardian present to obtain a library card (parent or legal guardian must provide proof of address and valid photo ID)
To Obtain a BPL Card: Visit any service desk.
You can save time by completing the registration ahead of your visit on the SHARE website:
Acceptable Forms of Photo ID: Driver’s license, state-issued ID, U.S. Passport, school ID, tribal ID, military ID, work ID, or a U.S. Permanent Resident Card.
Acceptable Documents to Verify Address: Current WI driver’s license, state-issued ID, utility bill, official government document, U.S.P.S. Change of Address Form, lease/mortgage papers, credit card bill, medical bill/statement, payroll check/stub, or bank statement/checkbook.
BPL cards may be used at any of the 29 libraries in the SHARE Library System.
Replacement Library Cards
Replacement library cards cost $2.00 and are available from a staff member at any service desk.
Lost or Stolen Library Cards
If your BPL card has been lost or stolen, immediately notify a staff member at any service desk by calling 608-364-2905. We will place a stop on your account to prevent fraudulent use of your card. To remove the stop, please obtain a new BPL card or have your card reinstated by showing a valid photo ID with the BPL card at any service desk.
Forgotten Library Cards
If you have forgotten your BPL card, staff are able to look up your account for checkout purposes with a valid photo ID.