Library Card Policy

Library card

A Centerville Public Library card may be used at 29 CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network) locations.
All Massachusetts residents of towns with certified libraries are entitled to a FREE Centerville Public Library card. A Massachusetts Drivers license or Registry’s picture ID is the easiest way to apply.
New residents who are residing in Massachusetts for six months or more are asked to bring  proof of current address (lease, utility bill, cancelled mail or their listing on the library’s list of property owners).

Seasonal out of state residents who are here with a local address may receive a card. A driver’s license, passport or International student I.D. will be accepted.

Children under 12 must have their application signed by a parent or guardian who is already a member of the library.
At the time of registration you may request a  PIN (Personal Identification Number) which will insure confidentiality of your library record and allow on line access to your record where you will be able to place requests on your account.
Materials checked out on your card are your responsibility. Always bring your card with you. If you do not have your library card with you, you may be asked to provide some other means of identifying yourself. For your own protection, please do not lend your library card.

Centerville Public Library records are considered confidential:
No one has access to your library record without your consent. This covers both personal information such as address and telephone numbers, as well as which materials you have checked out or on hold. The computer only maintains a record of materials currently checked out. Once the materials are returned, the patron’s borrowing record is erased.
Parental Access to Children's Records:

Parents of children under 12 years of age may ask for and obtain titles of materials that the children have checked out.
Records of cardholders, age 12-18, are confidential, as are adult records, unless there is an outstanding balance for materials not returned to the Library after 30 days. Invoice information may be released when a parent or guardian is paying for the lost item/s.