Using the Library

There are so many things to do at the library!  But before you get started you need to get a Library Card!

A library card is quick and easy to get and gives you access to books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and online resources. Adults may obtain a library card filling out a form  and presenting  identification (driver’s license, mail, tax bill, etc.)  with  your current local address.

Children (ages 5-17) may obtain a card with the signature of a parent or guardian.

Visitors to the area may obtain a restricted card with proper identification.

Teachers may obtain a Teachers card which allows for extended borrowing time.

There is no waiting period for a library card and it is free.

There is a $1 charge to replace a lost card and also a $25 charge to non-residents of Massachusetts .

Registration Form

Your Wareham Free Library card:

  • Gives  you limited access to the Sails Library Network
  • Allows  you to reserve and renew items in person, by phone, or online
  • Lets  you borrow most books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines
  • Gives  you access to public computers at any Wareham Free Library location

Your use of the Wareham Free Library is private and confidential, as stated in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 7.  We do not share information about library patrons with any outside organization or government agency.

How long can I keep the materials I check out?

Library books, magazines, and audio books are charged out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals allowed if there are no holds on the item.

Library DVDs are charged for one week with one renewal allowed if there are no holds on the item.

Fishing Poles are charged out for one week and a $5 refundable deposit is required.

What if what I want isn’t on the shelf?

You can place a hold on any item that is:

Available at your local library – It will be held one week for pickup
Available at another library – An available copy will be sent to your library for free
Currently checked out to someone else – You will be placed on a waiting list to receive the item when it is returned

How many items may I reserve?

You can have up to 20 holds on books and materials. (This includes unfilled active and suspended holds, as well as holds available for pickup).

How do I place a hold?

Log in to your Library account
Search for the item in the Library Catalog
Click the Place Hold button
Choose a Pickup location
Click Confirm to complete the hold

This puts you on the waiting list for the item.

How will I know when an item is ready for me to pick up?

You will receive a text, email, or phone call to alert you when a hold becomes available. The method of contact was chosen by you when you registered for a library card if you wish to change your contact information just call x1011.

How can I manage when my holds arrive or cancel a hold?

You can suspend holds to better control how many items become ready for pickup at the same time. You can also cancel holds that you no longer wish to have.

Oh no! My materials are due back today.  What do I do?

Materials may be returned during regular library hours at the Main Library, the Spinney Branch and any other SAILS Library.

For your convenience, materials can also be returned 24 hours a day in the book drops at the Main Library and the Spinney Branch.

Oh no! My materials were due back last week.  Do I owe any money?

Fines and Fees

It is the responsibility of the library to maintain a collection of materials to be shared by persons living within the SAILS network and beyond.  It is also the responsibility of the library to govern the use of such materials shared with or borrowed from, other libraries.  The goal of the library is to recover materials held beyond the agreed loan period, in good condition, for further use by the community.  The library does not want to resort to punitive action to recover items.  Fines and fees are used solely to remind offenders of their responsibility to other community members who funds and support the library.

Current Fees 

  • Lost cards $1
  • Fines will not exceed $10 per item
  • Ten cents per day per item/adult
  • Ten cents per day per item/juvenile
  • Juvenile Videos/DVDs 10 cents per day
  • Adult Video/DVDs 25 cents per day
  • Video games 25 cents per day
  • Photocopier 15 cents per page
  • Computer printing 15 cents a page

Damaged Material

All library materials are inspected upon return.   Those materials deemed by the library staff to be damaged but not destroyed will be repaired in-house free of charge.  Those materials deemed destroyed/unusable will be discarded and the borrower will be assessed a damaged/lost materials fee. The charge will be the retail or default price, plus a $2 handling charge.

Lost material

Lost materials fees are the retail or default price, plus a $2 handling charge. Refunds for lost material that is found will only be made on materials found within 30 days from the time of payment. The handing charge will not be refunded.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Items

Replacement of an item in lieu of payment may be approved on a case by case basis by the Library Director or the Head of Reference.

Suspension

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when overdue fines and/or fees have reached the $10.00 maximum.

I need a little more time to finish my book.  Can I keep the item longer?

Items may be renewed for an additional two weeks, if there is no hold,  online, by phone or in person.

Items may be renewed twice, if there are no holds.