Spooner Memorial Library

421 High St., Spooner WI 54801 (715)635-2792

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

  1. Present proper identification
  2. 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.

Replacement Cards 

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

With a library card you can request, renew and save your reading history. Merlin's new features include ratings, thumbnail images, quick links for preferred searches, and "My Lists" to track what you are considering checking out.

How to renew:
With a library card you can renew your own materials online. Materials with reserves are not renewable.
1. Log into your record and click "Items currently checked out"
2. Check the boxes of the materials you want to renew. Click the Renew Selected button.
3. To renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
4. Check the "Status" column for new due dates. A message will appear if items cannot be renewed.

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.
1. Log into your record and click "Search Catalog" and create a simple or advanced search.
2. Save your search by clicking on the "Save as preferred search"
3. The next time you log into your record, click the "Preferred Searches" button to view your saved searches.
4. Click on the search link in the list to quickly execute your search.
5. You can be alerted of materials added to the collection which match your preferred searches. Check the "Mark for Email" box. Be sure your current email is in your patron record.

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.
1. Log into your record and click the "My Reading History" button.
2. Click on the "Opt In" button.
3. The reading history will now begin to keep track of what you check out.

How to create and save lists of records:
To manage lists of records in your patron account, use the following instructions:
1. Log into your record and click "Search catalog" and create a simple or advanced search.
2. Save individual records by clicking on the "Book Cart" button.
3. Go to "View saved" to view your saved items.
4. Click on the "Save to My Lists" button.
5. "Select a List" from the drop-down menu. If you are creating a new list, choose "Create a new list".
6. Click on boxes to mark items and click on "Submit".
7. View your lists at any time in your record under "My Lists".

Rating Library Materials:
Share your opinions with others, and use ratings to help inform your selections!
1. Search the catalog by author, subject, title, etc.
2. From the Details Screen of the item you're interested in, click on the Rating stars on the left side of the screen.
3. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log into your record.
4. To log in, enter your name and your 14-digit library card number, and click Submit.
5. Click on the star rating that bests represents how you feel about the item, from one (poor) to five (excellent).
6. All items you have rated can be seen by clicking the Return to Your Record link in the top right corner of the screen, then clicking the My Ratings button on the right side of the screen.
7. Your ratings are yellow stars, group ratings are blue stars, and items not rated are white stars.

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

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