Borrowing

Eligibility

Any resident of a Massachusetts community which receives State Aid to Libraries Grants, or full-time student in Massachusetts, is entitled to a free library card. You can also use a current library card from a qualifying public library in CWMARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) to borrow Forbes materials.

If you need a card, please ask for an application at the main desk. A photo ID and proof of address are required.

Loan periods

  • Most items circulate for 3 weeks, with the following exceptions:
  • New books (from the "New" sections in the Reading Room and Arts & Music) and e-book readers circulate for 2 weeks.
  • DVDs, videos, games, and magazines circulate for 1 week.
  • Museum passes circulate for 2 days.
All items except museum passes may be renewed once for the same period if no one is waiting for them.

Borrowing Limits

The following material types are limited. Each patron may borrow up to
  • 7 Adult and 3 Children's DVDs
  • 5 Books on CD
  • 20 Books on tape
  • 3 Playaways
  • 5 Music CD Boxed sets (within a total of up to 20 Music CD titles)
  • 5 Current Magazines
  • 20 VHS videos (or 13 if you are taking 7 DVDs, for a total of 20 movies overall)
  • 1 Game
  • 1 E-book Reader
  • 1 Musical Instrument
  • 1 Museum Pass

Fines

  • Most overdue materials are charged a fine of 10¢ per day with a maximum fine of $3.00 per item.
  • Overdue DVDs, videos, e-book readers and musical instruments are charged a fine of $1.00 per day with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item.
  • Overdue museum passes are charged a fine of $5 per day with no maximum.

Lost or Damaged Items

If an item is more than 3 weeks overdue, or is returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, the patron will be charged full replacement cost for the item, plus a processing fee of $5 per item. The patron may clear their account by returning the items if found, or paying the billed cost. Replacement items will not be accepted for lost or damaged items. If the materials belong to another library, checks must be made out to the owning library. There are no refunds, so we encourage making every effort to find the lost items since overdue fines are capped at $3-5 for most materials.

Blocked cards:

A patron is prevented from borrowing when there is more than $10.00 owed in fines or in overdue, lost or damaged materials.