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Library Card Application

A library card is essential for accessing the Public Library's collection of books, magazines, and other materials. With a library card, patrons can borrow and return items, check out eBooks and audiobooks, access online databases, and more. To get a library card, individuals must provide proof of identity and address, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID, and fill out an application. Library cards are free for all residents of the local area.


Library Cards

The library registers Lawrence residents above 7th grade with a picture identification (driver's license, Massachusetts identification, Passport, or school ID) and proof of address (utility bill, current month rent receipt, or currently postmarked mail). Borrowers 6th grade or below must have a parent or guardian's signature to obtain a library card.

MVLC Network

Massachusetts residents with a card from their hometown belonging to the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) network are welcome to use our library. If you are a member of another network (NOBLE, Minuteman, Metro Boston, Clams, Old Colony, or CW/MARS) we can register your card in our network.

Agency Cards

The library has developed a service that increases an organization's access to library materials. Agency cards encourage the staff and administrators of such programs to work closely with their residents/clients in the use and return of library materials. This approach is based on the organization accepting formal responsibility for the return of library materials charged out to its residents/clients. The Lawrence Public Library issues cards to organizations as a whole and/or to an individual resident or client at the discretion of the organization. 

All agency cards are held at the library and the organization can directly regulate its use by supplying a list of staff, residents, or clients authorized to use the card. Please come to the circulation desk at the main library if you would like to arrange to get an agency card.


Non-Lawrence residents may obtain a Local Use Lawrence Public Library Card, which would give the borrower access to all of the services offered by the Lawrence Public Library, including our extensive Online Databases.


The Lawrence Public Library does not charge fees for late items. However, if an item is lost or damaged, we will charge the patron for the price of the item.

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Support the Library 

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Book Clubs

Through our membership in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, we are able to offer our patrons access to more 300 book club kits!


Free Online Course

Gale Courses offers online courses for some of the most requested adult education topics. 

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