Borrowing Guidelines

Who can get a CPL card and how?

Residents of Chelmsford, Business/Property Owners, and Town of Chelmsford Employees: Upon presentation of proof of Chelmsford residency, ownership, or employment (i.e., MA Driver’s license, mail, or any other legal proof), a library card will be issued. People without proof of residency may check out up to 3 items on their initial visit, and the card will be mailed to their address.

Residents of towns whose libraries belong to the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium: Apply for a card at your hometown library. Use it in Chelmsford and all 36 MVLC libraries. A temporary card will be issued for people without a hometown library card, which will give the patron 30 days to get a full card from their hometown library.

Residents of other Massachusetts towns: Apply for a card at your hometown library. Bring your card and proof of your residence in that town to our Front Desk and we will register you to borrow in our system.

Out-of-state residents:  A 1 year Local-Use Only card may be issued to people who work in Chelmsford. This card will not give access to state-wide or MVLC electronic resources or to inter-library loan services.

Table of Loan Periods and Limits

Format How Long? How Many? Fines?  Renewable?
Books 3 Weeks Unlimited No Yes
Books on CD 3 Weeks Unlimited No Yes
Fast Tracks 1 Week 1 No No
Fast Track DVDs 1 Week 1 No No
Playaways 3 Weeks Unlimited No Yes
Language audio 3 Weeks Unlimited No Yes
Music CDs 3 Weeks Unlimited No Yes
Movies and TV series DVDs 1 Week Unlimited No Yes
Documentary and Non-fiction DVDs 1 Week Unlimited No Yes
Video Games 1 Week 1 No No
Magazines (except current issue) 1 Week Unlimited No Yes
Museum passes (Chelmsford residents or Friends of CPL) Good for one day 5 per month per patron Yes No
Roku Streaming Video Device 1 Week 1 No No
Telescope 1 Week 1 Yes No
Wi-Fi Hotspot 1 Week 1 No Yes