How Do I Get a Library Card?

Library card imageDo I need a card?

If you already have a SAILS Library Network library card, perhaps issued by another SAILS library, you can use it here. Only a few of our services are restricted to Bridgewater residents.

If you have a card from a non-SAILS Massachusetts library, such as the Boston Public Library, you will still have to register for a SAILS Library card to use our Library.

Who can get a card?

SAILS Library cards are available at no cost to:

  • Massachusetts residents
  • Town of Bridgewater employees
  • Bridgewater school students
  • Owners of property in Bridgewater

Registering for a SAILS Library Card

Ages 18+: Provide photo ID and proof of address

If your Massachusetts License or State ID lists your current address, that’s all you need.

If your photo ID does not have your current address on it, please bring along a document for proof of address:

  • Lease agreements
  • Utility bills or tax bills
  • Imprinted bank check or deposit slips
  • Official letters verifying residency and mailing address from a:
    • Social service provider
    • Temporary employer that provides housing
    • Short-term residence

Other forms of photo ID include:

  • Passports
  • Alien Resident Cards
  • Government issued cards, such as Military ID
  • State issued photo ID including:
    • Welfare
    • Medicaid
    • FID cards
    • University or School IDs

Note on Chosen Names: If your name doesn’t match the one on your legal documents, a staff member can manually add it to your account at any time – just let us know.


Children's Cards

Minimum age for a library card is five (5) years old.

Ages 5-12:

  • A parent or guardian must be present
  • Parent/guardian must have photo ID and proof of address

Ages 13-17:

  • Student ID, learner's permit/license accepted with:
    • a piece of mail with your name and address on it
    • printout from school with your name and address on it (you may also show us your cellphone with information from school on it)
  • Note: If a patron ages 13-17 wishes to get a card but cannot supply the required documentation, they will need a parent or guardian to sponsor them in the same process as ages 5-12.


Bridgewater State (BSU) Students

Note: BSU students may sign up for a card as long as they live on campus or have a Massachusetts-based address.

  • Students will need a photo ID and a piece of mail proving either their campus address or Massachusetts-based address.
  • Students can use any of the library resources such as borrowing books, e-materials, and non-traditional items. 
  • A Bridgewater Public Library card can be used at any SAILS library in Massachusetts.


Online Cards

Patrons can register for a temporary virtual library card for immediate access to library resources. Online registrants will be required to pick up a physical card before the virtual card expiration date in order to continue using library resources.

apply for a virtual card

For even more online resources, Massachusetts residents can register for an eCard from the Boston Public Library.