Any resident of Massachusetts may register for a Bellingham Public Library card provided that they reside in a Massachusetts community that has a public library that meets the minimum standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Individuals whose primary residence is in a Massachusetts community where the library has been decertified will not have borrowing privileges at the Bellingham Public Library.
Out-of-state residents and residents from decertified communities who are employed in the Town of Bellingham are eligible to obtain a Bellingham Library card and must pay an annual fee of $35 for the card. Annual proof of employment (pay stub) is required.
The Bellingham Public Library does not lend to out-of-state residents, (unless they work in the Town of Bellingham). Out-of-state residents with cards from other C/W MARS libraries may not borrow from, or pick up items from other libraries, at the Bellingham Public Library.
Get an eCard now!
If you would like to get an eCard to access our electronic collections (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases) click here! You can also use that link to save time when applying for a library card. If you complete the eCard application online, you can then come to the library and "upgrade" it to a regular library card to access all library services.
To obtain a physical library card, applicants must present a photo ID with proof of address.
Each patron must have their library card to check out materials or use the library Internet computers. A change of address or lost library card should be reported as soon as possible.
The Bellingham Library offers home delivery to provide library materials to Bellingham residents who are unable to visit the library due to a long or short-term disability or other accessibility issues. Click here for details about our Home Delivery Service.