Answered By: Paul Kissman
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016     Views: 1044

  • If your library is a member of a network (like Minuteman, MBLN, or C/WMARS), you can use your library card to borrow books at any other library in the network.
  • If your library's network has joined up with the statewide Commonwealth Catalog, you can borrow from libraries and networks around the state if something you're looking for isn't available locally. How do I know if I can use the Commonwealth Catalog?
  • You can borrow books from any public library in Massachusetts if you are a registered borrower in good standing in your hometown library. If you come in person, you may be required to obtain a library card at the "out of town" library.
  • Also, your local public library can arrange to borrow books from other libraries for you. They will have the books sent to your library.
  • If you borrow an item from one library, you typically can return it to another. Check with the library where you plan to return it. Libraries in Massachusetts use a statewide delivery system that moves books and other material from one library to another, but local policies for returning items can vary from town to town.

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