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Library Card Application

Library cards are free for all residents of the local area.

At the Library

Library Card Application

Our Physical Library Card Description: Unlock a world of resources and experiences with a Lawrence Public Library card. 

With this card, Lawrence residents gain access to a multitude of services, including: 


  • Item borrowing (books, DVDs, and more!) 

  • Hotspot borrowing for internet access

  • Reserving museum passes for cultural exploration

Obtaining a library card is free of charge and available to all citizens. Firstly, they must prove residency in Lawrence, ensuring that the library serves its local community. Secondly, they need to present a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID, school ID, passport, or equivalent. If the ID lacks the current address, additional proof of address, such as a bill, piece of mail, school record, or leasing agreement, is sufficient. For those temporarily residing in Lawrence, or are homeless without a fixed address, a temporary local use card is available. Another option are E-Cards, which gives you digital access to our online resources and LIBBY. These requirements ensure equitable access to the library's resources while maintaining security and accountability in the borrowing process.


Application for:

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Library Card Application Requirements
  • Adult: Picture ID* with a current Lawrence address.     

  • Young adult: Picture ID* with a current Lawrence address OR proof of Lawrence school enrollment.

  • Child: Parent/Guardian must provide a picture ID* with a current Lawrence address. 

  • Out of network/state Lawrence teacher: Provide a picture ID* and proof of employment in the City of Lawrence.

 *If ID does not have current address, provide proof of address (i.e. a bill). Please speak with a Library staff member if you cannot provide the requested documents.

Upload the applicable required picture ID right from your desktop or phone.

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Library Card Guidelines and General Information
  • The pin number for access to all Lawrence Public Library online resources including the Library catalog is the last 4 digits of your library card number. You may change this online to a pin of your choice.

  • Patrons are notified (by email or in person) to renew their library card before the expiration date. 

  • Patrons are notified via phone, text and/or email for any holds and overdue items.

  • Patron (or parent/guardian of the child) is responsible for all materials checked out on the card. 

  • Patron is responsible for notifying the Library if contact information changes.

  • Patron is responsible for notifying the Library if the card is lost. A free replacement card may be requested at the Circulation Desk.

  • Local-use-only: May check out materials and have access to the online resources. However, the card may not be used at other Libraries.

I agree to the following: I will be responsible for all materials checked out on this card, I will follow the regulations of the Lawrence Public Library. I will notify the library if my address changes or if my card is lost.

Failure to return overdue library materials; failure to report lost library materials; destroying or damaging library materials; or failure to reimburse for such lost materials or damages is a violation of M.G.L. Chapter 61, Acts of 1990, M.G.L. Chapter 266, Sections 99 and 100 and is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000.

*This field is not part of the form submission. 

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