Please show your own card to a librarian to check out items to facilitate service and accurate record-keeping. If you do not have a library card, you may need to show your ID. Family members should use their own individual cards.
If you do not have a Rockport Library card, you may get a card if you live (year-round or seasonal) in Rockport. You must show a photo ID and proof of residence. If you have a bar-coded card from another Massachusetts library with you, you may register it and use it here.
If you live in another Massachusetts community, your local card can be entered into our system, and you can use it at the Rockport Public Library.
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 the replacement of a lost card.
Loan Limits, Periods, and Fines
Fees may be paid with cash or a check at the library. Through the library, catalog fees over $5.00 may be paid with a credit card.
|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||2 Renewals|
|Magazines (except for newest)||No limit||3 Weeks||2 Renewals|
|Museum Passes||1||1 Day||No Renewals|
|Lucky Day Collection||No limit||3 Weeks||No Renewals|
Online Library Catalog
You may access the library catalog here or via the menu. Using the catalog, together with your library card number (below the barcode ) and PIN Number, you will be able to request items, check their hold status, check due dates, and renew items.
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 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.
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.
Library materials may be returned at the book drops located at each of the library entrances. Media should be returned in the media slot. Library materials may be returned to any library belonging to the MVLC. Here is a list of MVLC libraries.