Most Massachusetts residents, including students, are entitled to a free library card1. If you already have a current library card from a qualifying public library in C/W MARS you may use your existing card to borrow materials at Forbes Library.
If you are not eligible for a free library card you may purchase a card for an annual fee of $35.
How to apply in person
You will require:
- A photo ID
- Proof of address
How to apply online
Complete this form to receive a temporary Forbes Library card by mail that will provide access to place holds, and online resources such as e-books, e-audio and databases. Massachusetts residents age 13 and over or full time college students in Massachusetts are eligible to apply online.
Replacements for lost cards cost $2.
Using your card online
Library cards expire periodically to allow us to verify current information. Learn more at our page about renewing your library card.
- Any resident of a Massachusetts community which is certified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is entitled to a free library card.