Reading Public Library » How to get a Library Card

64 Middlesex Ave. | Reading, MA 01867 | 781-944-0840

  • Get a Card

    1. 1) Stop by the Check Out Desk to present identification and proof of residency.;
    2. 2) Select a PIN or Password in order to access your account online and reserve museum passes;
    That's it! We'll give you a library card right away!

      Acceptable forms of identification:

      • Valid Massachusetts Driver's License with current address;
      • Checkbook with current address, plus picture ID;
      • Recent mail with current address, plus picture ID
      • School ID and identification with current address
  • Start from Home

    Save time by filling out the registration form at home. You will be issued a temporary library card number, good for up to 2 weeks. Within that period, stop by with valid identification to be given your permanent card.

    Get started now!

  • Children

    Children through sixth grade may apply for cards in the Children's Room. Library card applications for anyone under 16 years of age requires the signature of a parent or guardian.
  • Using Your Account Online

    Log in with your library card number and PIN at "My Account". You can renew items and manage holds here.

    Please note: If you don't have a PIN/Password or computer access or don't wish to access your account online, you can always contact the library directly to renew or reserve materials: 781-944-0840 or

  • Using Your Card @ Other Libraries

    Thanks to state standards for libraries you can use just about any public library in Massachusetts. Most libraries can input your Reading card into their computer system. If not, they can give you a card for their library if you present proper identification. In addition, you may use your library card number to get an eCard from the Boston Public Library. This electronic or virtual library card will give you access to the Boston Public Library's Overdrive collection of eBooks and audiobooks!
  • Not a Reading Resident?

    If you aren't a resident of Reading, you can still use your hometown card at the Reading Public Library. We accept library cards from all certified Massachusetts public libraries. To borrow materials, just present your card at checkout. If your home library has been decertified, please see our "Policy on Lending to Residents of Municipalities with Decertified Libraries".

Borrowing Periods:*

  • New adult fiction: 14 days
  • Movies: 7 days
  • Books, CDs, Video Games, Magazines, Audiobooks: 14 days
  • Museum passes: 1 day
* Special arrangements may be made by request. Extended loans are also available to Reading teachers and for school projects.

Media Privileges

To allow everyone to have access to our materials we limit video games to two per family, and CDs or DVDs to twenty per family.