How to Get a Library Card
Getting a card is easy!
Individuals wishing to check out materials from the Spooner Memorial Library must have a valid public library card for the Northern Waters Library System. A free card is issued to any resident of the state of Wisconsin who presents identification and has a current mailing address. Examples of identification include:
- driver's license
- state ID card
- tribal ID card
To receive a library card you must
- Present proper identification
- Have a current mailing address
Temporary Residents and Visitors
Temporary residents or visitors are welcome to obtain a temporary card with a $20 deposit which is refunded at the end of your stay.
Note: Out-of-state residents who own property in Wisconsin may obtain a library card without charge.
Children aged 6 or older are eligible for a library card. The custodial parent or legal guardian is required to sign his/her child's library card application for anyone under the age of 14.
In the event that a library card is lost, it can be replaced for one dollar.
Using other Merlin Libraries
All library cards in the Northern Waters Library System work at all 29 libraries in the system. Example: Spooner Library Card works at Superior Library, Hayward Library etc.
Library Card Application
Click here for a library card application
How to Use the Catalog
Using the Merlin Library Catalog
How to renew: With a library card you can renew your own materials online. Materials with reserves are not renewable.
How to save preferred searches: If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
How to save a reading history: From your patron record you can begin saving a list of what you check out. Your list begins as soon as you "opt in" and can be deleted if you "opt out" of the reading history.
How to create and save lists of records: To manage lists of records in your patron account, use the following instructions:
Rating Library Materials: Share your opinions with others, and use ratings to help inform your selections!
How to Use the Internet
The library has a total of 10 public computers:
6 computers for ages 14 and up
3 computers for 12 and 13 year olds (adults may use these with permission for the front desk)
1 express computer (15 minutes or less usage)
Anyone aged 12 or older with fines less than $5.00, and no restrictions or blocks may use the library computers. Visitor passes may be obtained at the front desk for temporary usage.
How to logon to the internet:
1. The user ID is your library card number.
2. The password is your birthdate in the following format: mm-dd-yyyy.
Therefore someone born on December 22, 1961 would be 12-22-1961