Library Cards

HOW TO GET A LIBRARY CARD

Joining the Forbush Memorial Library is free and open to Massachusetts residents and others under special arrangement. Adults, simply bring in a form of identification which lists your name and present address, such as a driver’s license, and register on the Main Floor. Children’s cards are issued after a parent or guardian with proper identification completes an application form. Young Adults must have their application signed by their parent or guardian.

Library cards that are issued can be used the same day.

Please remember to bring your card to the library to check out materials. Presenting your library card is the quickest way to complete the check-our process.

Due to unrelated patrons having identical names, staff are required to verify every patron is authorized to access a particular account.  The requirement that a patron present a library card for that account expedites this process.

HOW TO USE THE PIN NUMBER

Your PIN number gives you access to your personal CWMARS account from your home computer or any public computer. When you access your account you can see what books you have out, renew online and can request books from another library.

You may request a PIN be assigned to you.  That PIN can be changed after you initially set up your online account.

If you encounter any difficulties in setting up your online account, please call or stop by the library.  Our staff will be happy to assist you.

LOAN PERIODS

  • Books – 3 weeks
  • New Books – 2 weeks
  • Magazines – 1 weeks (Current issues do not circulate)
  • Audio Books – 3 weeks
  • Music CD’s – 3 weeks
  • Computer CD’s – 1 week
  • Videos and DVDs – 1 week (limit of 3)
  • Reference books do not circulate

FINES

To encourage our borrowers to return materials on time, the Forbush Board of Trustees voted to initiate an overdue-fines policy beginning January 1, 2010. Anything checked out after January 1, 2010 that comes overdue will be charged the following fines:

  • Overdue books, magazines, audio books, and CDs (music): $.10/day/item ($3.00 max)
  • Overdue Videos and DVDs: $1.00/day ($5.00 max)
  • Museum passes: $5.00/day ($15.00 max)
  • A processing fee of $5.00/item will be added if overdue materials reach the billing stage.

Items 6 weeks overdue are considered lost. Books and other items taken out by the Interlibrary Loan system may acrue fines, so return them by their due dates or make sure to renew them.

USING YOUR CARD AT OTHER LIBRARIES

You can use your card at other C/W MARS libraries. Patrons from other C/W MARS libraries can also use their card here at Forbush. You can also drop books off at other Central Mass libraries to be returned to their home libraries. It’s a great service!

RENEWING BOOKS OR OTHER ITEMS

Most library books or other items (such as videos, CD’s and Audio Books) may be renewed twice, either by phone, in person, or online at your C/W MARS account. If the item is on reserve for another patron, it may not be renewed. Materials borrowed from another library are subject to the rules of that library but usually can be renewed once as well. Please remember that other libraries usually fine for overdue books even though we only fine for videos here at Forbush.

RESERVING BOOKS FROM OTHER LIBRARIES

You may reserve any circulating item from the C/W MARS catalog using the Interlibrary Loan System. Go to that link above, for more information.