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Library Cards

Not sure if you have a library card? Can't find your card? Please contact Ask a Librarian before you register online.

Get a Library Card online

You may register online to get a temporary Minuteman library card, valid for 6 months. Your temporary online card allows you to place requests and use some online resources. You must convert your online account to a full library account before borrowing materials. You may apply for a library card or convert an online account at any Minuteman library. To receive a library card from Cary Library while the building is closed, download or print and fill out the application form. The person named on the application should sign the form. The form, along with a picture of an ID/proof of address (yours or a parent’s) can be:

  • emailed to,
  • mailed to Cary Memorial Library (1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420) or
  • placed in an envelope and dropped in the book drop.

You may use a piece of mail or other document as proof of address in addition to your ID if necessary. Your new card will be mailed to the address on the form.

Get a Library Card in person

For Adults and Young Adults (ages 13 and up)

To get a library card, please bring a piece of identification with your name and current address to one of our Circulation desks. Your card will be issued immediately and may be used the same day at any Minuteman library.

Please remember to bring your library card with you each time you visit. There is no charge for your initial library card, nor is there a charge for replacement cards.


We recommend waiting until your child's 5th birthday to get them their own library card, but every family is different! Children under the age of 12 may apply for a library card if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with a piece of identification with their name and current address.

Personal Identification Numbers (PIN)

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a unique identifier (consisting of 3-30 numbers and/or letters) created by you, either in person at the library or by phone. With a PIN you may access your library account to: see your checked out items, reserve items, renew items, see your fines and pay them online, see your reserves and if they are ready for pick-up.


Library accounts are confidential. Please see our privacy policy.