Borrowing Privileges

Why do I need a library card?

The Library has more than 50,000 books, magazines, periodicals, audiobooks, Blu-rays, CDs, DVDs, and other items which are loaned to people who have a card. (When you take out any item from the library, you are responsible for returning the item on time and in good condition.)


How do I get a library card?

If you have a card from any C/W MARS member library, you may use it at the APL!

If you are a new borrower, you may get a library card by presenting positive identification with your current address.

If you are under the age of 18, you must have a permission card signed by a parent or legal guardian. Your first card is free. To replace a card costs $1.00.


Are there any restrictions on what I can borrow?

In order to be fair and to provide the best service to all customers there are a few restrictions. New cardholders may borrow up to 5 items on the first day, after which the borrowing limit is 50 items. Five of the 50 items may be BR or DVD, 5 may be audiobooks, 5 may be CDs.

Patrons are blocked by the system when:

  • Their registration card expires
  • Patron owes $10.00 or more in replacement costs, Mediated interlibrary loan fines, or equipment fines
  • Patron has billed materials
  • Patron has 50 or more items checked out

What do I do when my card is expired?

  • Patron cards expire every two years. If your card is expired, contact the library or come see us.

How long can I keep library materials?

  • Books, Audiobooks, music CDs, and periodicals: 3 weeks
  • DVDs, Blu-Rays: 1 week
  • Museum passes: 3 days
  • Equipment borrowing periods vary

Does the library charge any fines?

The library is fine free on most of our materials. There are a few exceptions. See the information on fines for those items below.

Fines are as follows:
Equipment, and museum passes: 1 dollar per day (no maximum)
Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation State Park Passes: $8.00 per day (no maximum)

Mediated interlibrary loans:
10 cents per day for regular materials (no maximum)
$5 per day for audiovisual materials (no maximum)

All patrons (including senior citizens) must pay fines on Mediated Interlibrary Loan Items.


Returning items:

A drive up book return is available by the northwest corner of the building. A walk up book return is located by the main side entrance.

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