Sign up during National Library Card Month

Published in the September 7, 2016 edition

LYNNFIELD — There is a card available to you that does not cost anything and saves you money — a library card. This month, National Library Card Sign-Up month, join the 70 percent of Lynnfield residents who already have a library card. Your card gives you access to thousands of items in the library plus items beyond our four walls.

Signing up for a card is free and easy. All you need is proof of residency and a photo ID. Children under 13 need parental or guardian consent.

Beyond books

Beyond books, our collection includes video games, DVDs, music, magazines, early literacy kits and museum passes. You can also check out a variety of e-content including e-books, downloadable audios, and electronic magazines.

In addition, as a member of NOBLE, your library card connects you to 26 surrounding community libraries, giving you access to their collections without having to leave your hometown.

Manage your library account online with your card number and password; place holds, monitor due dates, renew items, and pay fines.

One feature is customization of your account, allowing you to activate a check-out history option, which helps you keep track of books that you have read.

While you are online, you can check out our databases from home, whether you are doing scholarly or genealogical research. Not sure what you are going to read next? Check out our NovelList database, a resource for read-a-likes of your favorite authors, titles and series.

Savings from using your library card add up. For instance, in 2015, our patrons saved $22,265 in admission fees to local museums and parks by borrowing our free museum passes, sponsored by the Friends of the Lynnfield Public Library.

Food for Fines drive

“If you already have a card, and fines are hindering you from accessing our wonderful services, we’ve got you covered. This month is our annual Food for Fines drive to support Haven from Hunger. Donate non-perishable, non-expired items and we will waive your fines, $1 per donated item. Additionally, as we celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we are offering free replacements for lost or damaged library cards throughout September,” said Holly Mercer, director of the Lynnfield Public Library.

Tired of carrying too many cards? Use apps such as CardStar, Keyring or Stocard to upload your library card to your smartphone.

For more information, you can call, visit online, or visit in person. We are open 24/7 online at We’re also available in person and via phone, 781-334-5411, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-9p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.