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.
Any Massachusetts resident may get a library card. As of November 17, 2011, Minuteman Library Network has adopted the following policy to verify the credentials of patrons. The following are minimum standards required before creating a new patron record.
Each user will be issued only one patron account in the Minuteman database. The exceptions are students or faculty of MLN academic institutions, who may have a card from their academic institution as well as from their public library.
1. 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:
Section 1. Proof of identification –current or expired (i.e. driver's license, passport, school ID)
- Alien Resident Card
- Government issued cards, such as Military ID
- State issued photo ID including welfare, Medicaid or FID card
- University or school ID
Section 2. Proof of current local address* (must include applicant’s name)
- Utility bill or tax bill (dated within the last 60 days)
- Imprinted bank check or deposit slip
- Official school schedule with applicant’s name and address typed on it
- Official letter verifying residency and mailing address dated within 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
No longer acceptable as proof of current address: Lease agreements, rent receipts, and personal letters.
*a Post Office Box or business address is not sufficient – a current residential address is required.
If applicant is under 13 years old, parent or guardian must provide proof of identification and address.
If applicant is between the ages of 13 and 17 and cannot meet the ID and address requirements, parent or guardian must provide proof of identification and address.
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 permanent address in the secondary address field.
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.
Overdue charge (per day)
Adults: 15¢, Children's 10¢
Books on CD, Cassette and Playaway
2 per family
Interlibrary loan materials
Determined by lending library
Determined by lending library(call: 617-796-1380)
Kindles (Only Newton residents may reserve)
Magazines (Latest issue does not circulate)
2 per family
Speed Read Books
Virtual Catalog Materials
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) 796-1390. Passes can be booked up to eight weeks in advance.
If you would like to cancel a reservation, please do so online or call the Audiovisual Department.
Pick up the pass the day before your reservation or the day of. If the library is closed the pass may be picked up two days before. Please bring your library card to pick up the pass.
The pass must be returned the SAME DAY that it has been 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.
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:
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”)
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
Speed read books
Only Newton residents may reserve:
Feature Films & TV Shows added to collection in the last six months
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.