Library Card Policy

Your FREE Library card allows you access to a wealth of services at the Fitchburg Public Library. You can borrow books, magazines, CDs, videos, DVDs and art prints from the library, and also use your adult card to borrow museum passes. You also need a card to use the library computers.

You must have your Library Card to Borrow Materials

You must have your library card to borrow materials. We will not look up your number--this is to ensure accuracy in all transactions. Lost your card? You can replace it for $2.

Requirements for Obtaining a Library Card

ALL library card applications require a picture ID showing your name and proof of current address. If your Mass. license does not have your current address, you must bring in a piece of recent mail to prove your address. (The sticker on the back of your license is NOT enough.) If you do not have proof of your current address, we can mail you a postcard which you can then bring in with your ID.

Any Massachusetts resident can obtain a card free of charge.

Children age 5+ must apply with a parent or guardian. If you are a student who does not have a picture ID, a parent or guardian must be present when you apply.

College Students must present their student ID, proof of their permanent address and also their school address.

Out-of-state residents must pay an annual $35 fee, which entitles you to all library services, including Interlibrary Loan. If you live out-of-state, but own property in Fitchburg, the fee will be waived upon presentation of a tax bill. A person who lives out-of-state, but works in Fitchburg, may present a current pay stub and pay a $10 fee.

Checkout limits and Loan Periods:

If you have a library card from another C/W MARS library, you may use it here in Fitchburg.

Fines for overdue books are $.10 a day, with a maximum of $5. Fines for overdue videos and DVDs are $.50 per day, and fines for overdue art prints are $1.00 per day.
You may now renew books either by telephone (978-829-1780) or from home via the On-line catalog. Have your library card number handy.

Most periodicals and many reference books do not circulate, but the library does have a copy machine (15 cents a page).





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