Get A Library Card

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

  • Massachusetts residents may get a free Springfield City Library card by stopping in to any of our locations and showing a valid picture I.D. with your current address. If your valid picture I.D. does not show your current address, please bring in a copy of a current utility bill or other documentation with your current address. A P.O. Box is not acceptable for purposes of getting a library card.
  • NEW – You can now apply for a card online! Click here for links and instructions.
  • The parents of children age 17 and younger are responsible for all lost and damaged items and fines and fees on their children’s library cards. Name & Residence Confirmation postcards, library cards, and other correspondence are addressed to the child’s parents or legal guardians. Check with the Circulation Desk for I.D. requirements for children.
  • If you are a student in an area college, show your school I.D. and a picture ID with your permanent address and any ID with your name and current local address if this is different from your permanent address.
  • If you are an out of state resident, you may get a free card if you own property in Massachusetts or if you work in or for the City of Springfield, with a valid picture I.D. with your current address and proof of Massachusetts property ownership or employment in or for the City of Springfield.
  • Computer Use Only cards are available if you present us with an I.D. with your name and tell us your full date of birth. This allows you access to all computer resources in the Springfield City Library but does not allow you to borrow.
  • Click here for more I.D. options.

Visit the C/W MARS website for a list of member libraries . For more information about library cards, library policies and borrowing privileges, call any Springfield City Library.

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 AccountYour PIN allows you to Place A Hold, Download Media, use the electronic resources on the eLibrary, and so much more.