The Newton Free Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN). Your library card entitles you to borrow materials from the Newton Free Library as well as 43 other public and academic libraries. Policies regarding loan periods, fines, renewals, etc. vary depending on the individual library. Items checked out in Newton follow Newton circulation policies.
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.
Policy adopted by the Board of Library Trustees on September 25, 2013
In order to log into "My Account" please enter your library card number, as well as your password. 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.
To reserve an item you will need your library card number and password. You can do this online or in the library. You can also call the Reference Department at 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
- Playaway Views
Only Newton residents may reserve:
- Feature Films & TV Shows added to collection in the last six months
- Video games
- Museum Passes
You will receive an email or phone call 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 cannot be released to any individual other than the cardholder unless the individual has the library card or reserve pick-up notice in hand.
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 $10.
Lost or Damaged Items
You are responsible for items checked out to your card. Items more than 30 days overdue will have their value billed to your account, but if you return them you will only be assessed the overdue fee or the maximum fee. If an item you are responsible for is damaged or lost, you may pay for it online once billed or at any Minuteman member library. We do not accept replacement copies and are unable to issue refunds if a lost item is subsequently found. If paying by check for a Newton lost item, make the check payable to the City of Newton.
The replacement fee for a lost or damaged Commonwealth Catalog 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 Circulation Department at 617-796-1360.
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.