Borrowing & Book Delivery

Getting a Library Card

Come to the Library with proof of your Madison residency (your Driver’s license/official ID, recent utility bill, or a piece of mail are all acceptable), fill out an application form, and we’ll take care of the rest!

COVID UPDATE: If you can’t make it to the Library, you can still get a library card! Please email your completed application form and a photo that shows proof of Madison residency to You will receive a response with your library card number for instant access to our digital catalog and online resources. We do not send library cards via mail, but we are happy to hold your physical card at the Borrowing Desk, please stop by on your next visit to pick up your new card!

Once you have your hometown library card you may also use it in other Connecticut libraries and access our online resources and downloadables.

Our library now offers automatic renewals

Renew/Update Your Library Card

If you are looking to renew an expired library card, you may call the Borrowing Department at 203-245-7365, or send an email to with your barcode number. Updating an expired library card does not issue a new card. Please let us know if you’ve lost your old library card, so we may issue you a new one.

Borrowing Basics

  • These items can be borrowed for three weeks and may be eligible for auto-renewal if they are not on hold for another patron – Fiction and nonfiction, Magazines, Audiobooks, and Music CDs.
  • These items can be borrowed for two weeks and may be eligible for auto-renewal if they are not on hold for another patron – NEW Fiction and New Nonfiction.
  • These items can be borrowed for one week and may be eligible for auto-renewal if they are not on hold for another patron – Board games and Video games.
  • DVDs and items in our Library of Things collection may be borrowed for one week, Library of Things items are not eligible for renewal, and DVDs may be eligible for an extra three-day renewal if the item is not on hold for another patron.

Text Message Notifications

Sign up for a free Shoutbomb account and you can get a text message when:

  • Items you requested are ready for pickup
  • Items you borrowed are almost due
  • Items you borrowed are overdue

For sign-up information and full details, please click here.

InterLibrary Loan & Book Clubs

Can’t find what you’re looking for in our LION catalog? We offer Interlibrary Loan service for borrowing books from across the state. To search for a title, use the FindIT CT catalog.

To place an InterLibrary Loan Request, please click here.

For more information about all our Interlibrary Loan services, please call the library at 203-245-7365 or send an email to

Book Delivery

The Scranton Library offers volunteer delivery services to Madison residents who are homebound, temporarily or permanently, because of illness, disability, or advanced age. The patron must have a current Madison library card.

A staff member will assist with the selection of materials and arrange for a volunteer to deliver and pick up library materials at a convenient time. All circulating library materials may be delivered.

Call the library at 203-245-7365 for more information and to request homebound delivery services.