Newburyport and Massachusetts Residents

Aerial View of Lobby

Library Cards

Library cards are free to Newburyport residents ages 5 and up. A photo ID and proof of residency or ownership of Newburyport property is required for new cards and renewals. Library cards must be renewed every three years.

Children in 5th grade or younger obtain library cards in the Children’s Room. Consent of a parent/legal guardian is required for children ages 5 to 10. Young adults without a photo ID will need to show proof of residency to obtain a library card.

Residents of towns outside Newburyport must obtain library cards from their hometown library. Other Massachusetts town library cards may also be registered with the NPL.

At registration you will be issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN), typically the last four digits of your phone number.

Your Newburyport Public library card can be used at any of the 36 libraries in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

Loan Terms

Loan Terms

Magazines and Newspapers

The Library has a wide variety of newspapers and magazines available in the 1st floor Reading Room. Magazines check out for one week. The Newburyport Daily News and Record Citizen can be accessed online through NewsBank. The list of newspapers and magazines is available here.

For online access to our digital subscriptions, please visit our online resources page.

Temporary Residents

Temporary/Summer Resident Cards are available for individuals visiting Newburyport for more than 30 days. These cards require a $20.00 refundable deposit, photo ID, and proof of temporary residency/address. The $20.00 fee is refunded upon return of the temporary card and all materials checked out on the card, as well as payment of any outstanding charges accrued to the account.

Newburyport teachers and students who are residents of Massachusetts should obtain a library card from their town of residence. Newburyport teachers and students who are not residents of Massachusetts may be issued a Newburyport library card at no fee. These cards are active during the academic year and may be used in the Newburyport Public Library only. Proof of enrollment or affiliation with a Newburyport school must be provided. Individuals who work in Newburyport may be issued a Newburyport library card at no fee. These cards expire one year from date of issue and may be used in the Newburyport Public Library only. Proof of employment in Newburyport must be provided.

Homebound Services-Newburyport Public Library

Homebound Delivery serves Newburyport residents of any age who are unable to visit the library due to permanent or temporary disabilities, or who have extended health issues for a minimum of three weeks or longer.

For information, please contact the Reference Desk: (978)-465-4428, x242 or email Please have your NPL library card number handy when calling. If you do not have a library card, we will register you for one by phone.

Remember to bring your library card

Lost Library Cards

Please report lost or stolen library cards immediately so you will not be held responsible for items checked out to the card. You may apply for a new card upon presentation of ID and payment of $1.00. Your account must be clear of any fines or outstanding items before you can re-register.

Library cards are only to be used by the individual registered for that card, however an individual may pick up a reserve book or item on hold for another person if they present that person's library card. Home-bound patrons may write a letter requesting that a named friend/relative may use their card to borrow materials for them.


Renewals are permitted on items not requested by another patron. Books to Go/Bestsellers, DVD Hot Titles, specialty items, and Museum Passes cannot be renewed. Renew items online or call: 978-465-4428 x236. Please have your library card number available.

Returns and Overdues

The library has 4 item return locations, which are collected and checked in daily:

Museum Passes must be returned to the Library by 10:00 am the day following use. A $5.00 per day fee will be charged for late Museum Passes. Severely late passes may jeopardize ability to reserve future passes. A $25.00 fee will be charged for lost passes.


The NPL does not charge overdue fines for most items. It is expected that all materials will be returned by their due dates. Patrons are responsible for fines that accrue on their account for specialty items, museum passes, or from other MVLC libraries. The NPL honors and collects these fines. Accounts are temporarily suspended when fines or charges exceed $20.00 until fees are cleared.

Patrons are responsible for lost and damaged items, and will be charged for replacement costs. Accounts are suspended until a lost item is paid in full. A $5.00 per day late fee will be charged for Museum Passes and specialty items.

Reserves and Inter Library Loan

Call to request items currently on shelf for immediate holds: 978–465–4428 x242.

Reserve materials not available or not currently on the shelf at NPL by placing a free interlibrary loan request.

Mother with Children getting a card

The Newburyport Public Library can obtain items from other MVLC libraries, as well as other Massachusetts and out of state libraries. MVLC items usually arrive within 7–10 days. Items not owned by MVLC may take up to six weeks to arrive. See Information Services for more information about interlibrary loans.

Email or Text Notification

Sign up for email or text notifications by logging in to your Library Account or contact the Circulation Desk: 978-465-4428 x236.

Please notify the Library of changes to your email address and phone number to avoid undelivered notification messages.