Frequently Asked Questions
For information about library cards and other services available, please click here  .
What is Monarch?
Monarch Library System was formed in January 2017, as a result of a merger between Eastern Shores Library System (Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties) and Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System (Dodge and Washington Counties).  The combined database of these libraries contains more than 1.1 million items for you to explore.  
What libraries can I use my library card at?
Use your library card at 33 member libraries in Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, and Washington County public libraries.    ***The Bookmobile is funded by Ozaukee County and is not available to other counties for service.
How do I get to the Monarch Catalog?
Click on the icon labeled catalog to the left to be taken to the online library catalog. 
How do I access my account in the Monarch Catalog?
1.  Click on the Monarch Catalog Icon.  
2. Click the My Account tab on the menu bar.
3. Next, select My Record from the drop-down menu.
4. Log in by typing your library card number (without spaces) and your Password/PIN in the appropriate boxes.
5. Click Log In.  Your account will appear and a summary of your account information will be displayed. 
How do I get a library card?
Please see our library cards and borrowing privileges policy.  An application form can be downloaded here.  If you are looking to download e-books, a temporary card can be issued through the Monarch Catalog by clicking here.  Near the top of the screen look for " or tap here to register now". Any card issued online is temporary only. For a permanent card, patrons must come to the library and fill out an application, providing a government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc) with your current address or a government issued ID and an official document that displays both your name and current address.
Do library cards expire?
Library cards have an automatic address check every eighteen months and are valid indefinitely as long as you are actively using it.  After five years, cards that have not been used are purged from our database.  To update the information on your card (such as address or phone), please stop in the library or call 262-673-8240 to speak with a staff member.
How old do I have to be to get a library card?
Library cards are issued to children aged five and up.  Children under the age of 16 need a parent or legal guardian's signature.  The parent or legal guardian's ID and/or proof of residence will serve as proof of residence for youth under the age of 16.  The parent or legal guardian must accompany the youth applying for a library card and they are required to co-sign the application.
To comply with Wisconsin State Statute, 43.30(1m), library card applicants 16 and 17 years of age need to present a Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin State ID with their current address at the time of application.  Applicants in this age range may also present a current school ID card from a local school along with proof of residence.  If they choose, applicants in this age range may apply for a library card the same way youth under the age of 16 do. 
Can I checkout without my library card?
If a registered patron does not have his/her library card, then the library shall accept an alternative form of photo identification.
Acceptable forms of identification for adults aged 18 and up include identification showing their photo and current address.  Patrons may bring in a combination of acceptable alternative IDs to have both photo and current address.  Examples include a driver's license, a state-issued identification card, checkbook, utility bill, student ID, passport, or green card.
For minors without their library card, the library will accept current school ID cards, driver's licenses or learner permits as alternative ID.  For minors without an acceptable alternative ID, such as elementary school-aged children, library staff shall ask for the minor's full name, home address, phone number, and birthday, including year, to verify the minor's identification. 
Library staff may refuse to accept alternative IDs.