Library Cards, eCards, and Borrowing Items

Who can get a library card and how?

  • Residents of Tyngsborough: Register online or in person. If in person, bring proof of residency (driver’s license, lease, utility bill, etc.) to the Circulation Desk. Fill out our application. Your card will be issued immediately.
  • Residents of any Massachusetts town whose libraries belong to the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC): Register online or in person. If in person, bring proof of residency (driver’s license, lease, utility bill, etc.) to the Circulation Desk. Fill out our application. Your card will be issued immediately; however, digital resources specific to you hometown library may take up to 72 hours to activate.
  • Residents of other Massachusetts towns: Register online or in person. If in person, bring proof of residency (driver’s license, lease, utility bill, etc.) to the Circulation Desk. Fill out our application. Your card will be issued immediately. 
  • Out of state residents: Must meet one of the following requirements, and provide sufficient identification: 
    • Work in Massachusetts (recent letter from employer, paycheck stub, etc.)
    • Attend school in Massachusetts (recent letter from school, tuition bill, etc.)
    • Own property in Massachusetts (tax bill, etc.)

Get an eCard to borrow electronic resources right now!

An eCard now provides the same access as if you came in and registered with the library. If you would like to have a physical card, just come into the library.

The eCard is for those who do not already have a Tyngsborough or other MVLC library card. You must be a resident of Massachusetts.

Renewing your library card

MVLC library cards, including Tyngsborough Public Library cards, must be renewed every three years to stay active. This helps us to confirm that we have the most current contact information for you. You can renew your library card in person or by using this online form:

Questions or problems? Contact us at [email protected] or (978) 649-7361.

 Can I use my card at other libraries?

Yes, you may use your library card at any of the 36 members of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. You may also register to use any public library in Massachusetts.

 What do I do if I lose my library card?

Please report a lost or stolen card immediately. Replacement cards have a fee of $1.00.

 How can I renew items?

Most items will automatically renew once if no one is waiting for them. Contact the Circulation Desk at [email protected] or (978) 649-7361.

Can I return an item when the Library is closed?

Yes, the Library has book drops in the parking lot that is open 24/7.

 What if I return an item late or lose it?

The Library charges fines only on the late return of Museum passes, video games, new DVDs, and some items from the Library of Things collection. Circulation lending charts are available on the Library’s Policy page.

 However, if you return an item at the Tyngsborough Public Library that you checked out from a library with fines, fines will be charged on your late item. Charges of $20 or more must be paid before you can use your card. If you check out an item and do not return it, a bill will be sent to you after 7 weeks. The item must be returned OR paid for to clear your account. If a lost item is owned by TPL it may be replaced with an exact copy in good condition.

 How can I get an item if it is checked out to another borrower?

You may reserve Tyngsborough Public Library and other Merrimack Valley Library Consortium items that are out in circulation by:

  • Requesting it yourself through the online catalog. (Click on the “Account Login” button on our homepage; search for the title; click “Place hold”; log in to your account by entering your borrower ID and PIN number.)
  • Ask at the Circulation Desk for a staff member to place the hold for you.
  • Call or email the Circulation Desk at [email protected] or (978) 649-7361

Some materials are not requestable.