Library Cards and Borrowing

Library Cards

Patrons age five and over may apply for a library card.  Proof of identification and current local address (i.e. a driver’s license) is required in order to receive a card.  (If an applicant is below 7th grade, a parent or legal guardian must sign the application and provide identification.) 

It is possible to register online for a temporary card.  Click here for information and registration.

Your library card provides easy access to museum pass pick-up, speedy checkout with self-check, and efficient and accurate service. Please remember to bring it with you!

Download the MLN Mobile App

Never forget your library card. Store a digital copy of your Minuteman card and manage your checkouts and holds in My Account. Scan a book barcode or search the Minuteman library collections to find and reserve an item on the go. Access your library's digital collections, museum passes, calendar, and more, without ever opening your web browser

Lost Materials

A patron who loses an item must either pay for it or replace it with an unused exact copy.  The Library determines the replacement cost and may replace the lost item with another copy, with a work on the same subject, or not replace the item.  The Library may assess a fee for any lost parts to a set.

A patron who loses a museum pass must pay the museum’s replacement cost or a default price of $25.00.  The Library will work with the museum to determine the cost.

Refunds for Lost Materials

A patron may pay for a lost item at the Library or online.  The Library provides a dated receipt; or the patron must print an online receipt.  If the lost item is found and returned within thirty days, accompanied by the receipt, a refund will be given.

There are no refunds for lost museum passes.

Late Fees

Westwood Library is fine free, late fees will not be applied to your account when items are overdue. Please return items promptly so others in the community can enjoy them! For more information on Fine Free Policy, please visit our Policies page

Loan Periods

The chart below is not comprehensive, these are the more frequently circulated items.  Please contact the library with any specific question or concern. 

Type of Item Loan Period Renewals  
DVDs 1 week 2  
AudioBooks, CDs 3 weeks 2  
New Books 2 weeks 2  
Books 3 weeks 2  
Magazines 2 weeks 2  
Lucky Day 2 weeks 0  
Museum Passes 24 hours 0  
Hotspots 2 weeks 0  
Console Games 2 weeks 0  

Holds Pick-up & Book Return FAQs

Place holds on library materials through the Library’s Catalog, the Minuteman Mobile App, or you can phone library staff at 781-326-7562. 

Are you looking for some reading suggestions? We want to help get great books into your hands this via our new ReadNEXT: Adult Book Bundles

Don't know what to pick for kids and teens? Check out the librarian selected Children's & Teen's Book Bundles options. Just tell us age/grade of readers and select book bundles based on topic and genre! You can always email the kids department directly for suggestions at or call 781-320-1042 to speak to a Children's or Teen's Librarian. 

You can place 50 holds on one card at a time.

You will be notified when your items are ready either through email, text or a phone call depending on your library account setup. 

Both the Main Library and the Islington Branch have hold pick up shelves. 

The Main Library hold shelf is located across from the Cirulation desk. The Islington Branch hold shelf is located near the shelf check out. 

All books on the hold shelf need to be checked out to your card. 

Please return any books or other library materials to the book return slots that are avaible at both locations, unless otherwise noted on the material.