Get a Library Card

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About Your Library Card

  • It's free!
  • It's available to any Massachusetts 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 (using various smartphone apps, such as Key Ring).
  • It can be used at all Somerville Library 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 Temporary Library Card Online

You can apply for a library card online by completing this form.

Your temporary library card allows you to:

Please note: When you wish to obtain your permanent library card, please have your photo ID and proof of address in order to pick up your physical library card. For minors, a parent or legal guardian can provide these.

How to Get a Physical Library Card

  • Cards may only be obtained 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 or ebills in their name, a lease 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, 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. 

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