Get a Library Card

Ways to Apply
Apply in person in the library, or apply online.

Valid ID(s)
Before creating a new patron record, the individual must obtain the following: 

  • Current, valid Massachusetts Driver’s license or Massachusetts State Identification Card with current address. 


  • One document from Section 1 AND one document from Section 2 below.

Section 1. Proof of identification –current or expired (i.e. driver's license, passport, school ID) 

  • Passport 
  • Alien Resident Card 
  • Government issued cards, such as Military ID 
  • State issued photo ID including welfare, Medicaid or FID card 
  • University or school ID 

Section 2. Proof of current local address* (must include applicant’s name) 

  • Utility bill or tax bill (dated within the last 60 days), an eBill can also be accepted
  • Imprinted bank check or deposit slip 
  • Official school schedule with applicant’s name and address typed on it 
  • Official letter verifying residency and mailing address dated within last 30 days from a social service provider, temporary employer that provides housing, or a short-term residence 
  • Postcard mailed to applicant from the library 

No longer acceptable as proof of current address: lease agreements, rent receipts, and personal letters.
*a Post Office Box or business address is not sufficient – a current residential address is required.

Children & Teen Applicants

If applicant is under 13 years old, parent or legal guardian must provide proof of identification and address. A child must be present for a parent or legal guardian to get them a library card.  

If applicant is between the ages of 13 and 17 and cannot meet the ID and address requirements, parent or guardian must provide proof of identification and address.  A teen must be present for a parent or legal guardian to get them a library card. 

Reporting a Lost Card
You can report a lost card by phone or in person. Until a card is reported lost, the cardholder is responsible for all materials checked out to the card, including any items that have been claimed to have been returned.