Newburyport and Massachusetts Residents

Aerial View of Lobby

Library Cards

Newburyport residents may register for a library card upon presentation of a photo ID and proof of residency or ownership of Newburyport property. 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 the time of your library card registration you will be issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN). In most circumstances your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. Library cards for children are available beginning at age 5; a parent must sign the application form. Children in grade 6 and under obtain their cards in the Children's Room. Young adults under age 16 may obtain a card based on the ID of the accompanying parent.

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 number of newspapers available in the 1st floor Reading Room, as well as a wide selection of magazines. Newspapers are for use in the Reading Room, and magazines may be checked out for a one week period. Magazines for check out are also located in the Children's Room and the Teen Loft. The Newburyport Daily News and The Current(record Citizen as of June 2019) can be accessed online through NewsBank. The list of newspapers and magazines is available here.

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, a 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 that have 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

Love to read, but can’t get to the Library due to illness or injury? We have a solution-Homebound Delivery Service! This service is intended to serve 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.

If you are interested in participating in this service, please contact the Reference Librarians at the second floor Reference Desk by phone (978)-465-4428 (press 2 or 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 over the 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 any items checked out to the card. You may apply for a new card upon presentation of ID and payment of $1.00. Your card 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 that are not requested by another patron. Books to Go/Bestsellers, DVD Hot Titles and Museum Passes cannot be renewed. Patrons can renew items online or by calling the Circulation Desk at 978-465-4428 x236. Please have your library card number available.

Returns and Overdues

The NPL does not charge overdue fines, however it is expected that all materials will be returned by their due dates. The library has 4 book drops where items may be returned. Items deposited at these locations 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 Museum Passes that are returned late. Severely late passes may jeopardize the patron's ability to reserve future passes. A $25.00 fee will be charged for lost passes.


The Newburyport Public Library does not charge fines for our overdue materials. Patrons are responsible for fines that accrue on their account from other MVLC libraries. The NPL honors and collects these fines. When fines or charges exceed $20.00, the patron's account will temporarily be suspended until fees are cleared.

Patrons are responsible for lost and damaged items, and will be charged for the replacement cost of the item. Patron accounts are suspended until a lost item is paid for. A $5.00 per day fee will be charged for Museum Passes that are returned late.

Reserves and Inter Library Loan

To request items that are currently on the shelf at Newburyport Public Library, please phone the Information/Reference Desk at 978–465–4428 x242 to request that the item be pulled from the shelf and placed on hold for you.

Patrons may reserve materials not available or not currently on the shelf at the 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, while 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 notification or text notification service and update your email address by logging in to your Library Account or by contacting the Circulation Desk at 978-465-4428 x236.

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