Your Library Card

Get a Library card

You can use your library card anywhere in South Central Library SystemYour first library card is available free of charge! Your library card is good at any South Central Library System public library in Wisconsin that serves Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood counties.

Types of Library Cards

If you have any questions about getting a library card, please contact our circulation department at

If you have a card but are having trouble using it, please email with your name and card number. 

Loan Periods 

You can check your LINKcat account for the due date of items you have checked out.

  • 28 days for non-fiction, regular fiction books, audiobooks and non-fiction DVDs
  • 14 days for new fiction, lucky day books, CDs, video games, and magazines
  • 7 days for DVDs (except non-fiction)

Fines - no overdue fines through August 31, 2021!

2020 is now fine free

There will be no overdue fines through the end of August 2021 for items checked out at Oregon Library and returned by August 31st, 2021!  Charges for lost or damaged materials will still apply.  Lost charges will appear on your account if an item is more than 4 weeks overdue - that charge will be waived once the item is returned.



Return & Renew

Renew library materials

Our outside bookdrop is located on the side of the building nearest the Senior Center and is open. Please contact the library for assistance if you need to return items that do not fit in the outside bookdrop. 

Materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours per current guidelines so be aware your items will not be checked in on the same day that they are returned.

Items borrowed from one South Central Library System (SCLS) library may be returned to any other SCLS library.

Most materials can be renewed up to two times if there are no hold requests pending. Renewals can be made through LINKcat, or by calling (608) 242-4700.

See our Circulation Policy (PDF) for more information.


LINKcat iconYou can check your library account online. Review a list of materials checked out and their due dates, renew materials, place holds for materials, or check the status of your holds by accessing your library record in LINKcat

Your library card barcode and PIN number are required to access your record. For help using LINKcat, go to the LINKcat Help page or call the library at (608) 835-3656.

Outerlibrary Loan

If you can't find an item in LINKcat, we may be able to borrow it from another library outside our library system and lend it to you through a process called Outerlibrary Loan (OLL). There is no cost for recieving materials through OLL.

To request an OLL, visit, call (608) 835-3656, or email information on the item you'd like. The information that we're looking for is on our Outerlibrary Loan Request Form (PDF).  Before requesting an OLL item, please read the Outerlibrary Loan Policy (PDF).

Authorize Others to Pick Up Library Materials

The library is not able to release your materials to someone else if you are 16 and older, unless the person who is picking up your materials has your library card or if you complete a form which authorizes them to do so. Complete the Holds Authorization Form (PDF) and we will put a note on the record(s) of the person(s) you designate as authorized to check out your materials. The Holds Authorization Form is available at the library Circulation desk if you are unable to print from home.

If your child is under the age of 16, their library materials may be picked up by the guardian designated on their account. 

See our Circulation Policy (PDF) for more information.