Get a library card

Girl smiling holding Somerville Public Library Card

About Your Library Card

  • It's Free!
  • It's available to any resident 5 years and older. (See below for details!)
  • It's needed for all transactions, in person or by telephone.
  • It has smartphone stored digital library card info (CardStar & Key Ring options)
  • 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.
  • Children under the age of 18
    • must be at least 5 years of age, and must be present in the library at the time of issue.
    • present a photo I.D., plus proof of street address/residency (no P.O. Boxes). We can mail out a postcard for address verification purposes, if needed.
    • if 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 sign for someone else's child.