Getting a free library card is easy and allows you to check out materials from 50+ libraries that share the MORE online catalog and get materials from other libraries outside the MORE system through Interlibrary Loan. This include physical materials, ebooks and more!
Getting A Library Card
- Obtaining a library card is simple. Stop in and fill out a registration card or print out the form and fill it out before you come in.
You must show a valid picture ID or other proof of residence, (driver’s license, mail/bills, or anything official that shows your name and current street address).
If you are under 16, you will need a parent or guardian to show the proper ID and sign a statement of responsibility for you.
- If you don’t have a library card from a MORE-member library and you’re a Wisconsin resident, you can get an e-card to use MORE’s shared electronic resources.
LIBRARY CARD FAQ
- What if I lose or damage my library card?
We can replace it! The first replacement card is free, any following replacement cards are $1.00 each. When obtaining a replacement card, please let the librarian know if you use any of our digital services (such as Overdrive) so we can help you update your information.
- Does my library card expire?
All library cards must be renewed annually so that the staff may verify the current address & phone number. If you address or phone number change let your library staff know. If a library card has not been used in three (3) years, it will be removed from the system and the patron will have to reapply for a card.
- Books, Audiobooks & Music CDs – 3 weeks
- New Books & Magazines – 2 weeks
- DVDs – 1 week
You may renew materials if there is not a waiting list by stopping at the library, calling toll-free 1-866-MYRENEW (697-3639), calling your local library or renewing online
Material Check out FAQ
- What are my responsibilities when I check out library materials?
When you get a library card, you sign an agreement to take care of library materials so that they are in good shape for the next user and return library materials on time.
- Where do I return materials?
When the library is open, you can return materials to the circulation desk or the drop box.
Make sure that all audio CDs and DVDs are accounted for.
- What if I return my materials late?
The library will charge a late fee of 10 cents per day on overdue books, audio-CDs and magazines and 25 cents per day for DVDs. It is the customer’s responsibility to pay the overdue, damage and replacement charges.
The Balsam Lake Public Library has contracted with a collection agency to assist in recovering non-returned library materials. All unresolved accounts over $25 will be turned over to Unique Management Services, Inc. beginning September 15th 2016. A service charge of $10 will be added to the balance
- Exceptions for children:
Materials checked out on children’s cards (under the age of 18) will not accrue any overdue fines.
Parents may check out items on their children’s cards if the child is present or by presenting the child’s physical library card.
Items that are not returned within 21 days of the due date, will go into a Billed status. Return of the material(s) will clear the status, and keep the patron in good standing; no monies owed.
Items that are returned with irreparable damage, are lost, or remain unreturned will be billed at the full replacement cost of the item.
- What if I lose or damage materials?
Fines on overdue materials are set by the owning library, and may be collected at any of the MORE libraries. If the material is not returned within the designated loan period, two overdue notices will be sent at 15 and 30 days, followed by a bill at 45 days for the cost of replacement of material and a service charge for processing and cataloging.
Funds received for replacement charges for lost Balsam Lake materials will be reimbursed to the patron if the materials are returned in good condition within 30 days of paying the charges. If materials are damaged to the extent determined by the library director that they are unsuitable for the collection, the responsible party must pay the replacement cost.
A patron’s library borrowing privileges will be suspended when the amount of unpaid fines reaches $10.
The purpose of overdue fines is not to punish borrowers. Instead, the goal is to have library materials returned so that they can be used by other library patrons.
Monday - Thursday ... 10 am - 6 pm
Friday ... 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday ... 10 am - 1 pm
Sunday ... Closed
Balsam Lake Public Library
404 Main Street
PO Box 340
Balsam Lake, WI 54810