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About the Library - Circulation Policies
Circulation Policies
Borrowing Limits Museum Pass Program
Fines My Account
Apply for a Library Card Renewals
Lost or Damaged Items Reserves
Minuteman Library Network Loan Periods

The Newton Free Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN). Your library card entitles you to borrow materials from Newton's Main Library as well as 42 other public and academic libraries.

Policies regarding loan periods, fines, renewals, etc. vary depending on the individual library.

Click here to go to the Minuteman Library Network (MLN).

Apply For a Library Card

1. Library Card Policy

A library card may be obtained by presenting photographic identification and confirmation of current address. Children at least age five or enrolled in kindergarten may have a card and a parent or legal guardian may confirm their name and address using their own identification. A full legal name and current mailing address must be on file for cardholders of all ages. Parents or guardians are responsible for any charges incurred for materials borrowed by their minor children (age under 18 years).

Newton residents are eligible to sign up for a library card, as are all Massachusetts residents not living in a town that has had its reciprocal borrowing privileges suspended by the Board of Library Trustees due to lack of certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. As members of the Minuteman Library Network, Newton adheres to the Minuteman policy of issuing only one library card per person for use at all public libraries in the network.

Out-of-state Residents who meet the following requirements, may be issued a library card with sufficient identification: Work in Newton; Attend school in Newton; Own property in Newton; Are temporarily living in Newton for more than 2 months. Out of state residents must provide identification showing their home/permanent address.

You must present your library card when checking out materials. We take your right to privacy very seriously, therefore we require that you use only your own card and recommend that you do not give your card to others. You may use a representation of your card on your own personal smartphone if it is done with an application that properly displays the barcode for our barcode readers.

Please notify the library immediately of any loss of your card or device holding its representation, and notify us of any changes in address, telephone or email.

Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees on September 25, 2013

2. Valid ID(s)

  Before creating a new patron record, the individual must obtain the following:
- Current, valid Massachusetts Driver’s license or Massachusetts State Identification Card with current address.
- OR…one document from Section 1 AND one document from Section 2 below:

3. Ways to Apply

  Apply in person, in the library or online

4. How to complete the registration:

  • Pick up your full service library card at a Minuteman public library of your choice within 30 days.
  • After 30 days, temporary accounts, including item requests, are deleted.
  • Please mention that you have already registered for a temporary card and bring your temporary library number or a copy of the confirmation email.
  • When you pick up your card you must present a photo ID and proof of address.
  • Check your library's address, phone number, and operating hours here.

5. Smartphones

Your library card barcode can be scanned into your smartphone and used at the staffed circulation desks. Please visit your devices's app store for the appropriate barcode scanner app for your device.

Patrons are allowed a total of 150 items to be checked out to their account. There is a limit of 20 requests per account. Items cannot be borrowed or renewed if the overdue charges are over $5.

Medium Loan Period Limits Renewals Overdue charge (per day)
Books 3 weeks - 2 Adults: 15¢,
Children's 10¢
Books on CD, Cassette and Playaway 3 weeks - 2 15¢
Blu-rays, DVDs 1 week - 2 50¢
Children's Magazines 3 weeks - 2 10¢
Children's Videogames 1 week 2 per family 2 50¢
Interlibrary loan materials Determined by lending library - Determined by lending library(call: 617-796-1380) $2.00
Kindles (Only Newton residents may reserve) 3 weeks 1 None 15¢
Magazines (Latest issue does not circulate) 1 week - 2 15¢
Music CDs 3 weeks - 2 15¢
Playaway Views 1 week 2 per family None 50¢
Speed Read Books 1 week - None 15¢
Videogames 1 week 3 2 50¢
Virtual Catalog Materials 4 weeks - None $2.00
Lost Library Card - - - 50¢

Lost or Damaged Items

You are responsible for items checked out to your card. Please pay in person or online for lost or damaged items. We do not accept replacement copies and no refunds are issued.

The replacement fee for a lost or damaged Virtual Catalogue item is $100.00.

The replacement fee for a lost or damaged ILL item varies depending on the lending library’s policies.

Museum Pass Program

Discounted passes are available to Newton residents. You can make reservations through our website or over the phone at (617) 796-1360.

If you would like to cancel a reservation, please do so online or call the Audiovisual Department.

Passes are limited to Newton residents, and patrons may reserve up to two passes per day. Returnable passes may be picked up the day before or the day of your reservation. If the library is closed the pass may be picked up two days before. Non-returnable passes may be picked up at the library up to a week in advance. Please bring your library card to pick up the pass.

Returnable passes must be returned the SAME DAY they are used. There is an overdue charge of $3 per day if returned late. Please return to a Circulation desk if the library is open or in the overnight book drop if we are closed.

The library is not responsible for honoring reservations when passes have not been returned by the previous borrower.

My Account

In order to log into "My Account" please enter your library card number, as well as your Personal Identification Number (PIN). This will allow you to:

  • Place requests
  • Renew items
  • Pay fines
  • Freeze requests
  • Cancel requests
  • Modify personal information (i.e. create Username, change email and reserve pick-up location)
  • Keep a list of what you’ve borrowed (Link to “my reading history”)
For more information, click here


Most library materials are renewable as long as no reserves are pending. To renew, please have your library card number ready. You may renew items: online, by phone (617-796-1360), or in person. Overdue materials may also be renewed, however fees will apply for the days the materials were late. Items cannot be renewed if charges are over $5.


To reserve an item you will need your library card number and PIN. You can do this online or in the library. You can also call the Reference 617-796-1380 for adult materials and 617-796-1370 for children materials.

You cannot reserve:

  • Most recent magazine issue
  • Reference materials
  • Speed read books
  • Video games
  • Playaway Views
Only Newton residents may reserve:
  • Feature Films & TV Shows added to collection in the last six months
  • Kindles
  • Museum Passes

You will receive an email or letter by mail when your reserve is ready for pick-up. Reserves must be picked up within seven days.

Reserved material must be checked out on the library card of the borrower who has placed the reserve. This policy is in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 78, Section 7, 1994. Reserves connot be released to any individual other than the cardholder unless individual has the card in hand or reserve pick-up notice.

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