Library Hours
Regular hours:
Monday 1-8
Tuesday 1-5
Wednesday 1-8
Thursday 1-8
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: 1-5 More...
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Circulation

The Circulation/Information Services Desk is located on the main level.  All library items are checked out and in at the desk.  Renewals may be made at the circulation desk in person or by phone. Interlibrary loans may be requested, books on hold picked up, and any book donations may be left at the circulation desk.

Library Cards

Residents of Rockport may obtain a library card by presenting photo identification showing name and local address. If your drivers license or other photo identification does not include current local address, please also bring a supporting document such as a utility bill, lease/rental agreement, or car registration.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to apply for a card.  There is no waiting period for a library card.

Residents of the towns served by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) must obtain a card from their hometown library.  Visitors living in Rockport for two weeks or long may register for a library card. Residents of Massachusetts who bring cards from Massachusetts libraries outside of MVLC can register their cards in our system, so long as they provide current ID and proof of address.

You may print and fill out a library card application and bring it with you the next time you visit the library. Call 978-546-6934 if you have any questions.

Adult Library Card Application

Youth Library Card Application

Patrons must have library card or license with them in order to check out any library material.

Circulating Material

Due to the popularity of our audio-video material, the following limits apply:

Item Item Limit Loan Period # of Renewals
Books No limit 3 Weeks 2 Renewals
Audiobooks No limit 3 Weeks 2 Renewals
Compact Discs No limit 3 Weeks 2 Renewals
Videos/DVDs 7
1 Week No Renewals
Magazines (except for newest) No limit 1 Week 1 Renewal
There is a total limit of 99 items per patron.

Generally, patrons may renew material belonging to the Rockport Public Library by phone, via the online catalog, or in person for an additional three weeks if there are no outstanding requests on the material and the renewal limit has not been exceeded.

Online Library Catalog

You may access the library catalog here or via the dropdown menu, under Books & More. Using the catalog, together with your library card number (below barcode) and PIN Number, you will be able to request items, check their hold status, check due dates, and renew items. You can also access the Massachusetts Commonwealth Catalog, using your library card number, to request books from outside of our MVLC library system.

Please call 978-546-6934 if you need help using the library catalog. Your PIN Number should be the last four digits of your phone number.

Museum Passes

Museum passes can be reserved online, in person, by phone at the Circulation/Information Services Desk.  They may be reserved one month in advance.  Only one pass per day per patron.

Reserves

Patrons are welcome to reserve library materials in person, by phone, or by using our online catalog.  When the item requested comes in, you will be notified either by phone, email or text.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

If the MVLC libraries do not have material you would like to request, the library can request material from outside the system, through the Massachusetts Commonwealth Catalog or through OCLC® WorldCat (visit our Online Electronic Resources for links to WorldCat.)  There may be a fee attached to the request. Please speak to the librarian about requesting material outside the system.

Returns

Library materials may be returned to any library belonging to the MVLC. Here is a list of MVLC libraries.

Fines

Fines on all materials except videos are ten cents a day to a maximum of $3.00 per item.

Fines for overdue videos are $1.00 a day to a maximum of $5.00 per item.

Fines for audiovisuals in the book drop are the daily fine (depending on whether it’s a CD or DVD) plus $5.00 per item.

Returnable museum passes are checked out to patron for 24 hours. Overdue fines are $1.00 a day. Charge for lost passes is full membership fee.

Lost Library Cards

Report lost cards immediately!  Patrons are responsible for all materials taken out on their cards up until the card is reported lost.  There is no cost for replacement of a lost card.