Getting a Library Card

Library Cards and COVID-19

Anyone 4 years and older who lives in Massachusetts or works in Acton can still get a library card while the library is closed due to COVID-19.

If you are only looking for access to digital resources, you can register for a temporary Minuteman e-card here.

The temporary e-card is valid for 6 months and will allow you to check out digital titles and access additional e-resources. Please note that access to some of Acton's e-resources is limited to Acton residents. If you are not an Acton resident, you may access additional e-resources through your home library's subscriptions or by registering for a Boston Public Library e-card here.

Once the library reopens, you can stop by the Circulation Desk and provide a photo ID and proof of address in order to get your permanent Minuteman library card.

If you would also like to borrow Acton items through the library's curbside pickup service, then you will need a permanent library card number instead of the temporary e-card. In order to obtain a permanent library card number, please email the following information to the Circulation department at actill@minlib.net:

  • Name
  • Current address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Copy of a photo ID with current address (a picture emailed to us is fine)
  • If ID does not have current address, a copy of a bill with your name and address on it (a picture emailed to us is fine)

Once we have this information, we will create a card for you, email you the card number, and instructions for setting up a PIN. Once you have the card number and PIN, you will be able to place holds online for library items as well as access digital resources. When the library reopens, you will be able to come in and pick up the physical library card.

General Requirements

Library cards are available to anyone 4 years and older who lives in Massachusetts or works in Acton.  Anyone who would like a full service library card must apply in person at the Circulation Desk.  Valid name and address identification are required.  AML accepts a current, valid Massachusetts Driver’s license or Massachusetts State ID card with current address.

Other proof of identification acceptable (must include name and photo):

  • Passport
  • Alien Resident Card
  • Government issued cards, such as Military ID
  • University or school ID

Proof of current local address* (must include applicant's name)

  • Utility or tax bill  (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Imprinted bank check
  • Official school schedule with applicant's name and address typed on it
  • Postcard mailed to applicant from library

*a Post Office Box or business address is not sufficient- a current address is required.

Children

If an applicant is under 13 years old, a parent or legal guardian must provide proof of identification and address.  The child and parent or legal guardian must both be present when applying for the card.

Electronic Cards

If you’ve never had a Minuteman Library Network (MLN) card, you can apply online for an electronic card to use for up to 6 months. The electronic card will let you access statewide databases and checkout ebooks and e-audiobooks from the OverDrive digital catalog. If you would like to request materials through MLN you can log in to “My Account” and establish a PIN. When picking up the requested items you must come to the library and upgrade your e-card into a full-service card.

Lost Cards

Please bring your Minuteman library card to check out library materials. If you have lost or misplaced your Minuteman card a free replacement will be provided to you. (There is a limit of one free replacement card per year.)