How to Get a Library Card

Library cards are available to all residents, property owners, and visitors to the greater Iron River area. All permanent residents and seasonal residents who own property in the area are eligible for free library cards which grant computer privileges and access to all material in the Northern Waters Library System. Non-Wisconsin residents can also attain a card for an annual fee of $20. We additionally offer free temporary passes for visitors wishing to use our computers. Library cards can be obtained from and used at any of the nearly 30 libraries in the Northern Waters Library System. Children under the age of 14 must have a signed (by a parent or guardian) application form to get a card.  Please read our Circulation Policy.


Your initial library card is free!

A $1 fee is assessed to replace a damaged or lost card. Card holders are responsible for notifying the Library immediately if the card is lost or stolen. 

Proof of Residency/ownership

  • Driver’s license

  • Bayfield County property tax receipt

  • Voter registration card

  • State of Wisconsin identification card

  • Property deed or mortgage/lease agreement

  • Utility bill with your name on it

  • Bank check with imprinted name and address

  • Vehicle registration


Library policy prohibits staff from releasing any information about library issues, including personal information such as telephone numbers and addresses and checked out materials, to anyone other than to the specific library card holder.

See our Confidentiality Policy.

 The library will serve all customers who request service. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.