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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get a Library Card?

  • To get a physical card you will need:
    • A photo ID or other State-accepted form of identification;
    • Proof of your current address (if it is not listed on your ID) such as mail or a bill showing your current address.
    • Applicants younger than 16 will need to have a parent or legal guardian with them.
  • You can get a temporary online Library card good for for two months.
    • Online cards will enable you to access online resources and place holds for Library materials.
    • You will need to get a physical card after the online card expires or the first time you wish to check out materials from a SAILS library.

Where can I use my Middleborough Library Card?

  • You may use your Middleborough Library Card at any of more than 50 public libraries in the SAILS Library Network.
  • According to Massachusetts Law any resident of Massachusetts may use any public library in the state, however; you will need to register your card with each Library network separately.
    • Take your valid Middleborough or SAILS Library Card and register at any public libary in the state in order to use their materials and resources.
    • That Library may contact your home Library in order to verify the status of your account.

What do I do if my card is lost, stolen or damaged?

  • Please report stolen cards as soon as possible at (508) 946-2470 or
    • There is a $1 replacement fee for lost or stolen library cards.
    • Damaged cards will be replaced for free provided you bring what's left of it with you.

Can I pay my Library fines online?

Yes.  Library fines can be paid online using a credit or debit card.  To pay your fines:

  •  Go to the account login page and select My Account
  • Select the "fines' tab, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Pay Fines."
  • Enter your credit or debit card information where indicated. 
    • All payments are protected by SSL Certification.
    • This payment system complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.
    • SAILS and the Middleborough Public Library do not collect or store any personal information or card processing data during these transactions.
  • There will be an 85¢ processing fee for each transaction (not for each fine).
  • You can pay fines from any SAILS Library.  You cannot pay for lost or damaged items using this method.