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Getting a Library Card
Why get a library card?
  • It's Free!
  • It's available to any patron 5 years and older. (See below for details!)
  • It's needed for all transactions, in person or by telephone.
  • It can be used at the Somerville Central Library, and the East and West Branch locations, as well as throughout the Minuteman Library Network.
  • Its information should be kept up to date. Promptly inform the library of any changes in address, email address, or phone number.
  • It's a VALUABLE POSSESSION - please treat it as you would a credit card. Report it immediately if lost!
How to Get a Library Card!
  • Cards may be obtained only in person. The library does not issue cards by mail.
  • Adults need to bring a photo I.D. and proof of street address/residency (no P.O. Boxes!), e.g., Mass. ID, driver's license, bills in their name, canceled mail in their name, checkbook, etc. We can mail out a postcard for address verification purposes, if needed.
  • If under the age of 18, a patron with a school photo I.D. needs to present that, plus proof of street address/residency (no P.O. Boxes!). We can mail out a postcard for address verification purposes, if needed.
  • If under the age of 18 but with no photo I.D., a parent's or legal guardian's signature is required, by mail or in person (if in person, the parent or guardian must present a photo I.D. and proof of street address/residency). Non-parental relatives, friends, or neighbors who are not the legal guardian cannot grant permission in order to get a card for someone else's child. Please note: A child must be at least 5 years of age , and must be present in the library at the time of issue, in order to be able to acquire a library card at the Somerville Public Library.