Welcome, Manchester, MA residents may apply for a local library card. Other Massachusetts residents may use their hometown public library card at the Manchester Public Library. Photo ID is required to register. If you have any questions please contact us at 978-526-7711.
Sign up for a library card
A librarian will email you when your new card is ready to be picked up.
Library Card Policy
➢ Public library membership is based on residency. Manchester-by-the-Sea property taxes support the library’s operations. Therefore, local identification is required to obtain a Manchester-by-the-Sea library card. For other Massachusetts residents, your hometown public library card will be registered in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) database.
➢ Those staying with family/friends in Manchester may use their host’s library card but only with the host’s permission. The card must be presented to check out items. No items will be checked out without the host’s card.
➢ Your library records and patron information are confidential. A cardholder’s privacy is protected by law, regardless of age. Library staff will only discuss an individual’s account with that person present.
➢ When you set up your online account, initially your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number you indicated at the time of your library card registration. Go to the library’s website at www.manchesterpl.org and open Account Login from the navigation bar.
➢ You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card. DO NOT loan your card unless you are willing to assume that responsibility.
➢ Please return materials on time and in the same condition as borrowed. When returning compact discs, please use the media slot in the book drop on Church Street.
➢ The library does not charge overdue fines, but you may lose borrowing privileges if you have overdue/lost materials.
➢ Changes to your library account must be made in person.
➢ If you move or lose your library card, please notify the library immediately.
➢ All children, infants to 7 years old, must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, caregiver, or other responsible adult.