Get a library card

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.

If you need a card, please ask for an application at the main desk. A photo ID and proof of address are required. Replacements for lost cards cost $2.  If you are unable to visit the library in person to obtain a library card, contact or call 413-587-1017 to request an application be mailed.

You can log into your library card online and see what you have out, renew books, reserve items to be held for you, or sign up to keep lists of things you’ve borrowed or want to remember for later.

Renewing your library card


Any resident of a Massachusetts community which receives State Aid to Libraries Grants is entitled to a free library card.