Get a Library Card

Do I need a card?

The Robbins Library is a part of the Minuteman Library Network, if you already have a library card from any of the Minuteman Libraries you can borrow and return items at our libraries.

Who can get a card?

Anyone who lives in Massachusetts.

How do I get a card?

 To get a library card you need a photo ID with your current address in Massachusetts such as a License or State ID OR a photo ID plus one document with your name and current address printed on it. There is no waiting period for a library card and it is free. First, fill out an application in person or apply online. Second, provide a photo ID and proof of your current address.


Children become eligible for a library card at age 5, and our children’s librarians celebrate the milestone with a library-themed gift sponsored by the Friends of the Robbins Library. A parent or guardian must provide proof of identification and address for children ages 5-13.


Teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who cannot meet the ID and proof of address requirements will need a parent or guardian to provide proof of identification and address.

Additional ID/proof of address options

If you don’t have a driver’s license or a state ID card, you can show one proof of identification PLUS one proof of current address:

Proof of ID (Current or expired. Must include name and photo.)

  • Passport
  • Resident Card
  • License or state ID from a state other than Mass.
  • Government-issued cards, such as Military ID
  • State-issued photo ID including welfare, Medicaid or FID card
  • University or school ID, or Senior/T.A.P. ID issued by the MBTA

Proof of current address

  • Utility bill or tax bill
  • Official school schedule
  • Letter verifying residency and mailing address dated within the last 30 days from a social service provider, temporary employer that provides housing, or a short-term residence
  • Postcard mailed to applicant from the library
  • Imprinted bank check or deposit slip
  • Personal Letter postmarked within 60 days

Out-of-state Residents

Out-of-state Residents who meet the following requirements, may be issued a library card with sufficient identification:

  • Work in Massachusetts
  • Attend school in Massachusetts
  • Own property in Massachusetts
  • Are temporarily living in Massachusetts for more than 2 months        

Out-of-state residents must provide identification showing their home/permanent address. Property owners must provide verification such as tax bill, utility bill, etc for their Massachusetts property. Students must verify their status with school identification and provide their school address. Out-of-state residents working in Massachusetts must provide their work address. Patrons who are temporary residents (such as college students or au pairs) should be registered with a permanent address in the secondary address field.

I got notified my card is expiring, what do I do?

The Minuteman Library Network will notify you if your library card is about to expire. To renew your library card, simply call or visit the library and confirm that the information on your account is correct. We will update your expiration date. No need to get a new card.

Put your Library Card on your Phone

Once you get your new library card, you can set up a Digital Library Card using the new MLN App. Set up the digital card one time, and from then on you are always logged in.

All people are welcome at the Robbins Library. Library accounts are confidential, so we cannot discuss the details of your account with anyone except you. Your use of the Robbins Public Library is private and confidential, as stated in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 7. We do not share information about library patrons with any outside organization or government agency.