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In order to use library services you must present a current library card in good standing from the Holyoke Public Library or from another library in the C/WMARS network (Central and Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) to borrow materials from the Holyoke Public Library. If you do not have a library card, you may apply for one.
How to Apply for a Library Card in Person:
Any Massachusetts resident may apply for a FREE Holyoke Public Library card by presenting the required identification at the circulation desk. We accept other C/WMARS PUBLIC LIBRARY cards. ACADEMIC LIBRARY card holders must also obtain a card from a C/WMARS PUBLIC library. Library cards are not transferable. No one may use another person's card. (Exception: Homebound people may designate another person to use their cards to borrow materials for them.)
One of the Following Forms of Identification is Required to Receive a Library Card
- MASSACHUSETTS DRIVER'S LICENSE and proof of current address
- MASSACHUSETTS LEARNER'S PERMIT and proof of current address
- GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID
- PVTA PICTURE PASS
- CURRENT STUDENT ID
You will be able to borrow up to the number of items set by the C/WMARS network, and have access to interlibrary loan, various online resources and computer access.
Type of Library Cards:
- Permanent Residents—City of Holyoke and Massachusetts residents may obtain a library card without charge. Proof of identity is required.
- Non-Residents—Patrons who reside outside Massachusetts may obtain a library card. Proof of identity is required. Acceptable forms of identification are listed above.
- Temporary Residents—Any person living in the City of Holyoke temporarily may obtain a library card without charge. Proof of identity and a local mailing address are required at time of application. Acceptable forms of identification are listed above.
- Temporary Borrower's Card—Expires 30 days from the date of application; extensions may be granted upon request if needed.
How To Renew A Library Card:
Library cards expire every two years. To renew a library card, check in with our staff at the front desk so that they may validate your information and update your card in our system. If any contact information has changed you must update them so that our records are accurate.
How To Replace A Lost Library Card:
You will be responsible for anything checked out prior to the time you report your card missing. If your library card is lost or stolen, report it IMMEDIATELY in person to the circulation desk or by calling 413-420-8101. The record will be blocked so no one else can use the card. You may request a replacement card by presenting a picture ID with your current address to the circulation desk.
- $1.50 – first time replacement fee
- $5.00 – second time or more replacement fee
Services Available with a Library Card:
- All of these materials.
- Check your library record and see the status of your library account.
- Renew library materials.
- Inter-Library Loan—Search to place a Reserve/Request on library materials.
- Be automatically notified by e-mail--login to your C/W MARS account.
- Digital Treasures—a Central & Western Massachusetts digital library project.
- Digital Commonwealth—throughout the Commonwealth, repositories house irreplaceable collections of books and private and public documents that serve as a rich resource for researchers involved in local, state, regional, national, and international studies.
- Manuscripts, Archives & Special collections—The Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory is a guide and locator of collections residing in Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk's offices.