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Request or Renew a Book (or other item) Online!
It's easy! First you need to visit the library to obtain a PIN. It just takes a minute and you'll have increased control of your account from home or work. The PIN, along with your library card number, will allow you to "log in" to your account to request an item from the catalog, renew an item you have already checked out, or cancel a hold if you change your mind. Click here to login in your account.

Library Cards
To register for a library card, please bring identification with your current address to the circulation desk. We will ask you to fill out a registration form.

Children's Room Library Cards
Children ages 4 and older may register for a library card. All that is needed is a parent's signature and verification of address.

Most library materials are renewable as long as no reserves are pending. Materials may be renewed twice. Quick Pick items and Rental DVDs may not be renewed.

Please note:
Overdue charges are accrued according to the lending library's rules. We will however cap the charge on an item if it exceeds $2.00, which is our maximum charge for regular items (exceptions noted below). We do not have a grace period; charges on Melrose items start accruing at 12:01 a.m. on the day after the due date. The item is late if not returned or renewed by midnight on the due date. All overdue charges collected go into our book fund. TOP OF THE PAGE

Loan Periods
Overdue Charges (per day & maximum)

Rental Charges

  1 week
  2 weeks
New Books
Audio CDs
Quick Picks
Downloadable Books
  3 weeks
Books on CD
  4 weeks
Older Books
Paperback books
Children's Materials
Large Print Books
Framed Prints

Adult Materials
Virtual Catalog

Reference Materials
Max. Children's
Max. Adult

Max. Virtual Catalog
Max. Reference Materials


  $1.00 per week
Rental Books

$.20 per day overdue/10.00 max.

  $1.00 per week
Rental DVDs

$.20 per day overdue/ $10.00 max.

Computer Use
The Library offers 17 public computers with access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, (Office 2007 versions). Most computers have "A:" disk drives; all have USB ports (for flash drives). You will need your library card number to use a computer. All users with a library card can reserve a computer for the same day at the library (no reservations can be made over the phone or online) or may use a computer on a first come, first serve basis. Each user is allowed a maximum of 3 hours a day. The first hour is uninterrupted, with additional time allotted depending on availability. 30 minute guest passes are available for out-of-town visitors. In addition, there is one express 15-minute computer for Internet access only. The Adult Library also offers three computers dedicated to the NOBLE catalog.

Wireless Access
Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building for patrons with laptops. Wireless Printing is not available at this time.

All computers are connected to a printer. Black and white printing is 10 cents per page and all color printing is 25 cents per page. A separate computer and printer, not connected to the Internet, is available in the Adult Library for printing on special paper, or with labels, or envelopes. This is the only printer with this option.

Book Groups

Melrose Public Library Book Groups for Adults:

The Tuesday Morning Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30a.m.
The Great Books Discussion Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:15pm.
The History Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm.
Diane Wall's Book Group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
The Tasty Books for Hungry Readers meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm
The Couch Reader Book Club is a twitter party book discussion using hashtag #MPLCouch on the last Wednesday of the month from 8:30 to 9:30pm.
The Red Scarf Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 1:00pm.



Book Groups

Museum Passes
Passes to many area museums and attractions are available for Melrose residents. Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance, and MUST be picked up at the library for the day of your visit. (Please bring your card to check them out!)  In most cases, there will be a nominal entrance fee plus an additional cost for special exhibits. Please call your museum destination before leaving home to be assured that it is open.To reserve a pass using your library card:

View a list of Museums
, and then select a date OR
Select a Date, and choose from available museums.
View or Cancel your reservations.

Are there any limits?

Memorial Day - Labor Day:
You may reserve one pass per day, with a limit of five passes per week and 10 reservations from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Labor Day - Memorial Day :
You may reserve one pass per day, with a limit of five passes within 30 days. Passes are limited to two per week during school vacations.

No Shows?

If you do not cancel a reservation before the day of use, you will not be allowed to place additional reservations for the next 60 days.



Melrose Public Library | 69 West Emerson Street | Melrose, MA 02176
Main Library: 781-665-2313 | Children's Room: 781-665-2314
Melrose is a member of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange)