Get a Library Card

To borrow library materials, request items from other libraries, or access many of our online research & learning tools, you must have a current library card. Please bring your library card with you when you visit our libraries.

What if I have a card from another C/W MARS library?


If you have a card from another public library that is a member of our consortium, C/W MARS (Central & Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc.), you may use that card at the Jones Library and branches. PLEASE NOTE: This does not include college libraries. Check this list of C/W MARS libraries or look for "C/W MARS" printed on the card.
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Please note that a Jones Library card is required to access certain online resources, such as our collection of digital magazines and several of our online research & learning tools.

How do I apply for a Jones Library card?


You can apply for a card in person in the Front Office of the Jones Library or at the Circulation Desk at our branches. Staff can issue a library card up to 10 minutes before the library closes.

To apply you must:

  1. Fill out an application (PDF)
    (You may print this application, complete it, and bring it to one of our libraries.)

  2. Present a photo ID, such as:
    • a driver's license
    • a passport
    • a school ID
  3. Present proof of current address, such as:
    • recently cancelled mail with your current address
    • a driver's license with your current address
    • pre-printed bank checks with your current address
    • a lease
    • an up-to-date car registration
    • an FID card
Children must be present when applying for a library card and must be at least 4 years old. A parent or guardian must co-sign the application.

Are library cards free?


Library cards are free for most Massachusetts residents. Residents of non-certified Massachusetts towns may purchase a Jones Library card for $35 per year per person, payable to Jones Library, Inc. Please note that other C/W MARS libraries are not required to honor library cards issued to residents of non-certified Massachusetts towns.

Can I get a library card if I don’t live in Massachusetts?


Yes. Out-of-state residents may purchase a Jones Library card for $35 per year per person, payable to Jones Library, Inc. A Jones Library card may be used at all three public libraries in Amherst, but other C/W MARS libraries are not required to honor library cards issued to patrons who do not live in Massachusetts.

What if I lose my card?


Please report lost cards to any Circulation Desk or the Front Office as soon as possible. (Phone numbers are listed under the Contact Us heading on this page.) Replacement cards are free.

I've moved. What should I do?


Please report address changes to any Circulation Desk or the Front Office as soon as possible. (Phone numbers are listed under the Contact Us heading on this page.)