Your Library Card

Get a Library Card

You can use your library card anywhere in South Central Library System

Your 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. Your library card gives you access to our online resources in addition to allowing you to check out materials from the library.

To get a library card, please come to the library during our open hours with a photo ID and proof of address and complete a Library Card Application (PDF) or Solicitud para Tarjeta Biblioteca (PDF).

 If you are unable to come to the library while we are open, you may submit the online Online Library Card Application.

If you have any questions about getting a library card, please contact our circulation department at orecirc [at] (orecirc[at]oregonlibrary[dot]org).

If you have a card but are having trouble using it, please email orelib [at] (orelib[at]oregonlibrary[dot]org) with your name and card number. 

Loan Periods 

You can check your LINKcat account for the due date of items you have checked out. Get the new mobile app for easy account access!

  • 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)

Oregon is fine free!

Fine Free

Items checked out at the Oregon Public Library will not have fines on them. 

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. 

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, the mobile app, or by calling (608) 242-4700. See our Circulation Policy (PDF) for more information.


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You 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.

Authorize Others to Pick Up Library Materials

If you are 16 or older, the library is not able to release your materials to someone else, unless the person who is picking up your materials has your library card or has been authorized to pick up items for you.

To authorize someone to pick up your holds, 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. 

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.