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Teacher Card

Teacher Card

All teachers currently employed at a school located within the City of Milwaukee (public, charter, or private), are eligible. Teacher cards may be used to check out school-related materials from any Milwaukee Public Library.

  • Proof of employment by a school located within the City of Milwaukee is required.
  • Teachers who reside within Milwaukee County are eligible to apply for both a teacher and a personal library card.
  • The teacher card is valid for one school year. Expiration date is August 31st of the current school year. 

Teacher Card Financial Responsibilities, Fees and Fines
  • A teacher may check out Milwaukee Public Library materials related to the classroom using this card (no suburban items may be checked out on a teacher card). The card is valid through the current school year. Only the authorized teacher can use the card; library cards are nontransferable.
  • Milwaukee Public Library does not charge overdue fines for MPL-owned books checked out on a teacher card, but fines are charged for CDs and DVDs ($5 maximum per item).
  • All cardholders, including teacher cards, are billed for the replacement cost of an item approximately 28 days after the item was due.
  • Cardholders who return undamaged billed items within one year of the billing date will have the bill reduced to the $5 per item maximum overdue fine.
  • If the cardholder finds an item after paying for it, the cost of the item, minus a $5 service charge, will be refunded within 90 days of the date paid, provided the item has not been damaged and is returned to a Milwaukee Public Library staff member.
  • All cardholders are responsible for paying for items that are damaged while checked out on their cards.
  • Accounts with fines and/or billed items totaling more than $25 will be sent to the Milwaukee Public Library’s contracted collection agency, Unique Management. An additional $15 fee will be added to the account to offset the cost. This fee must be paid, in addition to all other charges, in order to clear the account.