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Library Card Eligibility and Privileges

The Yarmouth Town Libraries (YTL) welcome all Cape Cod residents, visitors, and students.
Children kindergarten age or older may apply for a Children's card with the signature of a parent or guardian in good standing.

Library Card Responsibilities

YTL borrowers are responsible for the care and safekeeping of all materials borrowed on their cards. The card owner in whose name the card is issued assumes responsibility for settling any and all fines, damages, losses, or other assessments incurred by the use of his/her cards.
Card owners are asked to report changes in names, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers to the Library as soon as possible, so that the Library's borrower records are up to date. Report lost, stolen, or damaged cards to the Library as soon as possible.

Borrower Registration Requirements/Resident Card

Local residents and property owners may obtain a card with proof of residence. Massachusetts residents are entitled to a library card. The library card is good for 3 years and may be used at all CLAMS locations.
Applicants are asked to present a valid Massachusetts identification. Any of the following forms of identification are acceptable:
  • Massachusetts Driver's License
  • Massachusetts Registry's Photo ID
  • Massachusetts Transitional Assistance (EBT) ID
Or applicants may present the following with a valid government-issued photo ID:
  • Deed from Yarmouth/Massachusetts
  • Listing on Yarmouth's Property Owner's Tax List
  • Listing on Yarmouth's Annual Street Listing
  • Massachusetts lease agreement for one year or more
  • Massachusetts car registration
  • Massachusetts Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Utility bill with local address
  • Checkbook with street address
  • Mail showing address that patron will be or has been living at for six months or more
  • Employment photo ID
  • Unexpired charge cards with photo ID may be shown if presented with a form of Massachusetts ID
Applicants ages 14 through 17 not accompanied by an adult may show one form of identification such as a report card, class schedule, or other school photo ID.

Temporary Cards - for non-Massachusetts visitors staying on the Cape.

A Non-Resident / 3-month-expiration Temporary card will be issued with a $10 refundable deposit. Patrons with Temporary cards may check out up to 10 items. A photo ID and proof of the patron's legal address is needed to apply for a Temporary card. Temporary cards expire in 3 months and may be renewed.
Acceptable forms of photo identification:
  • Any valid Picture ID
  • State Driver's License or State photo ID
  • School photo ID
  • Employment photo ID Card
  • Passport Identification
Full borrowing privileges (50 item limit) will be extended to a patron if his or her local address can be verified by one or more of the following:
  • Checkbook with street address
  • Lease agreement
  • Mail that is postmarked
  • Employment identification or verification
  • Military ID for active duty personnel, including a spouse and/or dependent of personnel attached to or living on a U.S. Military site in Massachusetts.

Teacher Institution Cards

Persons teaching at public, private or home-based schools within Massachusetts are eligible for a "Teacher (Institution) Card" to be used for curriculum-related materials. Materials checked out on this type of card may be lent out for 30 days.

Institution Card Borrowing Guidelines

Card will be issued with proper verification (i.e. pay stub, school ID, note on business letterhead from principal or director).

Card is valid for 1 year running from August 1 to July 31 the following year, (e.g. August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2012), verification necessary for updating.

Patron must have an Adult CLAMS card before an Institution Card can be issued. Institution Cards will be issues as a separate card from adult CLAMS card.

50 items per card
30 day loan period (No renewals)

Videos will have normal loan rules of 7 or 14 days. 

Lost materials are the responsibility of the card holder. 

YTL Institution Cards will be honored at the South Yarmouth Library and the West Yarmouth Library. Borrowing guidelines may vary at other CLAMS libraries. If you visit other Cape libraries, you'll want to ask for more information about loan periods, fines, reserves, etc.

Institution Card Application (pdf format)

Children's Cards

A parent or legal guardian who is a library card holder in good standing must sign the registration form for his/her child under the age of 14. By co-signing, the parent or legal guardian accepts responsibility for settling fines, damages, losses, or other assessments against the child's library card.

Privacy Rights of Children

Parental Access to Children's Records: Parents of children under 14 years of age may ask for and obtain titles of materials that their children have checked out.

Parental Access to Young Adult Records: Records of cardholders, age 14 through 17, are confidential, as are adult records. A duplicate list of items charged out may be mailed to the patron's address. If there is an outstanding balance for materials not returned to the Library after 30 days, billing information may be released when a parent or guardian is paying for the lost item(s).

Cardholders may give written permission allowing parental access to their accounts for the purposes of paying overdue fees.

"I give permission for my parents or guardians to have access to my library account for the purpose of paying the debt."

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  2. South Yarmouth Library
    312 Old Main Street
    South Yarmouth, MA 02664
    (508) 760-4820

    West Yarmouth Library
    391 Main Street Route 28
    West Yarmouth, MA 02673
    (508) 775-5206