Under Massachusetts Law, what any person borrows from our library is confidential, regardless of the person’s age.
Why do I need a library card?
If you want to borrow books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, or other items from our library, you need a library card. Materials will be loaned only to people with a valid library card. Your card should be presented each time you borrow an item. Library cards are non-transferable, which means that only you may use your card.
How do I get a library card?
If you are a new borrower, 14 years of age or older, you must present positive identification, showing your name and current address, such as a valid driver’s license (with new address label if changed).
If you do not have a photo I.D., we require 2 other forms of identification showing your current address. Children between the ages of 5 and 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be required to show the above identification and sign for the child.
What if I lose my library card?
Lost cards may be replaced by a borrower in good standing at a charge of $1.00.
Do you offer digital library cards?
Yes! CW MARS now offers eCards to patrons who currently do not have a physical library card. An eCard is a CW MARS library card that patrons can register for online to acceess electronic materials, such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases.
The eCard is for patrons who do not already have a CW MARS library card and may be upgraded to a physical library card with full borrowing privileges by visiting the Circulation Desk.
Patrons are eligible to apply for a CW MARS eCards if:
- they live in a Massachusetts town with a CW MARS member library;
- are age 13 or older; and
- do not currently have a library card from a CW MARS member library.