Borrowing From the Library

Library Borrower Cards & Accounts



Massachusetts residents may obtain a Public Library borrower card at the circulation desk with valid proof of address. Your Canton Library Card may be used at all libraries in the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). Please remember: ◦ You must have your OCLN card with you to borrow or reserve library materials ◦ You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card even if you loaned it to another person ◦ Please notify us immediately if your card is lost ◦ There is a $2 fee for replacing a lost card ◦ Let us know of any change in your name, address, phone, or email ◦ We recommend that each family member have and use their own card ◦ Please be aware that policies on borrowing may differ from library to library even among OCLN members

eCards

If you do not have an OCLN card, you may register for an eCard number online and place holds immediately.
Once you have your eCard number please be sure to visit the Canton Public Library and have your eCard upgraded to a permanent library card.  You must provide proof of identity and address before you can check out materials. 

Borrowing Policies


  • Renewals can be made in person, by phone, and online.
  • Renewals are limited for high demand items and items that have holds on them for other patrons.
  • Our checkout system will automatically add an extended loan fee to your borrower account for each item retained past its due date that is not renewed. All items are charged $.10 per day with the exception of DVDs which are $1 per day.
  • Borrowing privileges are automatically suspended when total fees due on your account exceed $5.
  • Overdue fees may be paid at any OCLN library.
  • Museum Passes (except those that do not need to be returned) are $5 per day if not returned by 11 a.m. the next day the Library is open following the day it is used.
  • Lost or damaged materials will be charged the list price of that item, or, when not available, a default price for the items in the lost material's category. If you have lost an item belonging to another library payment must be made by check made out to the owning library.

Loan Periods


Material Type Loan Period Renewability
New Fiction / Bestsellers 2 weeks Renewable unless on hold
Circulating collection 2 weeks 2 renewals
Videos 2 weeks Renewable unless on hold
Magazines 1 week No renewals
Audiobooks or Music on CD 2 weeks 2 renewals
Museum Passes 1 day
DVDs 1 week 1 Renewal
DVDs, Multi-Part 2 weeks 1 Renewal
Artwork 3 months No renewals

Overdue Fines
Our checkout system will assess overdue charges to your borrower card account each day materials are held out beyond their due date. Overdue charges are $.10 per day for all adult materials and $.05 per day for children's material, except DVDs from either collection which are $1 a day.  Museum Passes (excluding non-returnable passes) are $5 a day if not returned by 11 a.m. the following day. Borrowing privileges are automatically suspended when fines due on your account reach a total of $5. To regain privileges, you may pay your charges at any OCLN library.

Lost / Damaged Materials
Lost or damaged materials will be charged the list price of that item, or, when not available, a default price for category of material. If you have lost an item belonging to another library payment must be made by check issued to the owning library.