Library Cards

Library patrons must present their own library card when checking out or renewing materials.

Borrowers are responsible for materials borrowed with their cards. Please report loss of library card immediately to prevent unauthorized use. Massachusetts residents who present a piece of acceptable ID may apply for a free library card.

Library Card Registration ends one half-hour before closing.

The ID must have the applicant’s name and current address. Acceptable IDs include:

  • MA Driver’s License/Learner’s Permit
  • MA State ID
  • Current school year report card/schedule
  • Check Book
  • Telephone Bill
  • Gas Bill
  • Electric Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • or Post Office change of address notification (has to have first and last name)

Malden Public Library cards entitle borrowers to take out materials from libraries in Boston, Chelsea and Malden (the Metro Boston Library Network).

A lost library card may be replaced upon presentation of a valid ID and a replacement fee of $2.00 per adult card/young adult card and $1.00 per child’s card. High School Picture ID is acceptable for young adults.

Materials not currently available in Malden may be requested from MBLN libraries and other network libraries.