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.

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:$N/SHAREWSAUTH/true?

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.
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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.
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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.

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