A Centerville Public Library card may be used at 29 CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network) locations.
All Massachusetts residents of towns with certified libraries are entitled to a FREE Centerville Public Library card. A Massachusetts Drivers license or Registry’s picture ID is the easiest way to apply.

Library Card FAQs

How do I get a library card?

Come on into the library and we'll get you started!  Interested Massachusetts residents are asked to bring proof of current address (lease, utility bill, cancelled mail or their listing on the library’s list of property owners).

At the time of registration you may request a  PIN (Personal Identification Number) which will insure confidentiality of your library record and allow online access to your record where you will be able to place requests on your account.

Am I eligible for an eCard?

Anyone eligible for a library card can apply for a temporary CLAMS eCard online, then visit Centerville Public Library to pick up your card in person.  Once you fill out the online application, follow these next steps:

  • Pick up a Full Service Library Card at CPL within six months.
  • Please mention that you have already registered for an eCard and have your temporary library number available.
  • When you pick up your card you will need to present a photo ID and proof of address.
  • If you are under 18, a parent or guardian may have to be present to co-sign.

If you have any questions about registering for an eCard, call the circulation desk at (508) 790-6220.

I am a summer resident of the Cape.  Can I still get a library card?

Yes!  Seasonal out of state residents who are here with proof of a local address may receive a card. A driver’s license, passport or International student I.D. will be accepted.

Visitors residing on the Cape for a short period can apply for a temporary library card which expires after 3 months.

How old can one be to get a library card?

Children under 12 must have their application signed by a parent or guardian who is already a member of the library.

Is my information shared with others?

Centerville Public Library records are considered confidential:  No one has access to your library record without your consent. This covers both personal information such as address and telephone numbers, as well as which materials you have checked out or on hold. The computer only maintains a record of materials currently checked out. Once the materials are returned, the patron’s borrowing record is erased.
Parental Access to Children's Records:  Parents of children under 12 years of age may ask for and obtain titles of materials that the children have checked out.
Records of cardholders, age 12-18, are confidential, as are adult records, unless there is an outstanding balance for materials not returned to the Library after 30 days. Invoice information may be released when a parent or guardian is paying for the lost item/s.

What are the benefits of having a CLAMS library card?

Many!  Besides access to infinite knowledge and enjoyment, your library card allows you to:

  • Login to MyAccount and establish a PIN.
  • Use State-provided online research databases (within Massachusetts only).
  • Access our eMedia collection of OverDrive ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and eMagazines.
  • Place requests on print Books, DVDs, CDs, etc. in the CLAMS Catalog.
  • Reserve museum passes.