How to Get a Library Card

Any Massachusetts resident can register for a library card at any NOBLE library. Be sure to bring a photo ID, such as a current Massachusetts drivers’ license or Massachusetts State Identification Card with current address, or a photo ID plus proof of current residence.

Each user may only have one NOBLE public library account. Students, faculty or staff of NOBLE academic institutions may have a card from their academic institution in addition to their public library account. You can have your existing library card from another Massachusetts network added to NOBLE’s user database.

Cards issued by any NOBLE member library may be used in any other NOBLE library.

Access to electronic resources will be controlled by where you live or your academic affiliation, and not by where you signed up for the library card.

Member libraries may set their own policies for borrowing by out-of-state residents.

You must have a valid library card account to borrow items, with no significant fines or charges. Once you have an account, other acceptable means of account identification for borrowing include a valid photo ID or the barcode image from within the NOBLE smartphone app.

Lending policies, such as loan durations and overdue fines, are set by each library for their own items. Items sent from other NOBLE libraries share a uniform loan period.

Member Libraries share most materials, but may retain new and high demand items for local borrowing for a limited period. Electronic content purchased locally may be reserved for residents or those affiliated with the academic institution. Access to museum passes, PC workstations, and other special collections and services may also be restricted according to local policy.

Materials may be returned at any NOBLE library. Fines and charges may be paid at any NOBLE library, or online with a credit card through your library card account.

By getting a library card, you agree to be responsible for all materials borrowed on that card, and any fines, fees, or charges. You also agree to notify library staff if the card is lost, stolen, or if you change address. You should not let others use your card, as you will be responsible for any charges.