Get A Library Card

If you already have a card from another CWMARS public library, you may use it at all of our library locations — you do not need to apply for a separate card.

How to Get a Library Card

You can get a library card by visiting your local library in person or begin the process by applying online.

If you would like instant access to our online resources, you can apply for a CW MARS eCard online! The eCard can be upgraded to a full library card later, if desired.

If you already have a card from another CW MARS public library, you may use it at all of our library locations — you do not need to apply for a separate card specifically for Springfield City Library locations. Visit the CW MARS website for a list of member libraries.

ID Requirements for Adults
  • When applying for a card in person, or picking up a card you applied for online, you will need to present a valid Massachusetts driver’s license or Massachusetts state identification card that has your photo, name, and current address.
  • If you don’t have a state ID, you can present another form of photo ID (such as a current passport, military ID, school ID, or another state’s ID) along with an official document showing your Massachusetts residential address (such as a utility bill or lease.) PO Boxes and business addresses may not be used to obtain a library card.
  • If you have a photo ID but no means to verify your address, we can fill out and mail a Residence Confirmation postcard to you. Bringing that postcard back to the library once you have received it will count as proof of address.
  • Alternatively, a letter from a social services provider may be used as proof of residency as long as it is on their official letterhead and dated within the last 30 days.
ID Requirements for Children
  • Children age 11 and younger will need to have a parent or guardian present when signing up for their card, who will need to present their own identification.
  • A child’s parent or guardian is responsible for all lost and damaged item fines on their children’s library cards. Official library correspondence will be addressed to the parent or legal guardian listed on the child’s card.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have the necessary documents from the “ID Requirements for Adults” section may sign up and be responsible for their own card, without a parent.
ID Requirements for Out-of-State Residents

Persons who do not live in Massachusetts may still obtain a Springfield City Library card if they meet the criteria below:

  • If you own property in Springfield, you may present a deed or other document confirming your ownership in addition to the documentation in “ID Requirements for Adults.”
  • If you own a business in Springfield or work in Springfield, you may present proof of business ownership or employment within the city in addition to the documentation in “ID Requirements for Adults.”
  • If you live outside of the state, do not meet the other requirements of this section, and still wish to obtain a Springfield City Library card, you can obtain one by paying an annual fee of $35, in addition to presenting your home state’s version of the documentation in “ID Requirements for Adults.”

For more information about library cards, library policies and borrowing privileges, call any Springfield City Library location.

For first-time card holders, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of your telephone number. This can be changed when you Access Your Account.  Your PIN allows you to place a hold, use the electronic resources on the eLibrary, and so much more.