A Business Card is a borrower's card issued to a corporation, partnership,
proprietorship, government agency, special library, business or trade
association which has assumed responsibility for materials borrowed in
its name. Non-profit organizations are also eligible for business cards.
Registration | Using
Your Card | Borrowing Privileges
Registration for a Business Card must occur at the library
of the municipality in which the business is physically located. A business
patron must fill out a
new application each time a card is issued or renewed.
The Business Card application requires two signatures: Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). For
smaller businesses these two positions may be held by the same person. If
this is the case, the individual must sign the application twice.
The form of business (corporation, sole proprietorship,
etc.) and a one-line description of the business should be indicated
on the application.
The business address may not be a P.O. Box number.
To ensure that the registrant is eligible for a business
card, the registrant must present the following information for proof
A Wisconsin Employer Identification number (WEIN)
[or 501(c)3 number for non-profits] AND address verification such as:
current City of Milwaukee Property Tax receipt or lease indicating
the business and Milwaukee street address;
- OR a utility bill postmarked
within the last 30 days in an unopened envelope indicating the business
and Milwaukee street address;
- OR a current insurance card listing the
business and Milwaukee street address;
- OR a current state, county, or
city business permit or license listing the business and Milwaukee
Other address verification can be accepted with the approval
of the Coordinator of Circulation or the Coordinator of Science and Business. Letterhead
stationery or personal business cards are not accepted as proof of business.
The custodian of the card should be listed on the application
along with the full names of the persons who are allowed to use the card.
Photo ID must be shown when presenting the card in order to verify that
the holder of the card has authorization to use the card. With
proper photo identification, a person who is authorized to use the Business
Card may check out items without the library card.
Using Your Card
A business card is valid for one year but may be renewed.
Name changes to custodian and authorized users can only
be made by the person(s) who signed for the card or the custodian. An
individual may not be the custodian or authorized user of more than one
business card. The library reserves the right to deny the use of business
cards to authorized users or custodians who have invalid personal MCFLS
Walk-in use of a Business Card is restricted to the municipal
library of the community in which the business is located, and the Milwaukee
Public Central Library (branches may be used for Milwaukee businesses.)
Milwaukee Business cards may be used to access remote databases
for business-related purposes.
A PIN number is required for in-library computer use with
a Business Card. Check with registration staff to receive a PIN number.
Individuals using business cards to access computers within
MPL must observe the daily time limits per individual, not per card.
Business Card borrowing privileges are restricted to
business-related materials. The card may
not be used to provide
materials for the personal use of employees.
Library staff must place holds for business
The pickup location for Business Card holds must
be the Milwaukee Public Central Library or branches for Milwaukee
Businesses using delivery couriers must contact the
library in advance for verification procedures before picking