Library Cards

In accordance with the City’s overall plan for community well-being, the Melrose Public Library building is closed until further notice.


While the library building is closed to the public, please see How To Obtain a Temporary Library Card.


To Register for a Library Card:

Please bring photo identification with proof of your current address to the circulation desk (i.e. piece of mail, utility bill with your name and address).  We will ask you to fill out a registration form at the Main Check Out Desk.  Children ages 4 and older may register for a library card in the Children’s Room.  All that is needed is a parent’s signature and verification of address.

Once you have your card, you can…

Request or renew items online:
It’s easy! First you need to obtain a PIN.  It takes just minutes (you can do it when you get your card, or after) and you’ll have increased control of your library account from home or work.  The PIN, along with your library card number, will allow you to “log in” to your account to request an item from the catalog, renew an item you have already checked out, or cancel a hold if you change your mind.

Most library materials are renewable as long as no reserves are pending.  Materials may be renewed twice.  Quick Pick items and Rental books may not be renewed.

Please Note:

Overdue charges are accrued according to the lending library’s rules. We will however cap the charge on an item if it exceeds $2.00, which is our maximum charge for regular items (except noted below.)  We do not have a grace period; charges on Melrose items start accruing at 12:01am on the day after the due date.  The item is late if not returned or renewed by midnight on the due date.

All overdue charges collected go into our book fund.