18 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940 | 781.334.5411 or 781.334.6404
Lynnfield Public Library

Using the Library

  • Library Card Registration

    Requests for library cards can be sent to lfdcirc@noblenet.org. Please include your name, address, phone number, and birth date for any person requesting a card.  You can also download and email an application. Download a Library Card Application.

    Requests may also be made in person, we cannot take library card requests over the phone.

    Library cards are free and available regardless of where you live in Massachusetts.  In addition to the above information, proof of current mailing address (license, checkbook, utility bill, etc.) is needed. This can be done electronically by including a picture of an ID/license or a piece of mail with your request.  We just need to see your name and address, anything else can be blocked.

    If you have a library card issued by any NOBLE library (click here for a list of libraries in the NOBLE consortium), you may use that card at the Lynnfield Library without registering for another card.  If you have a library card from another library consortium, we can link your new Lynnfield/NOBLE account to the barcode for your other library so that you do not have to carry two cards around.

    If parents or guardians allow their children to acquire their own Library card, they must be aware that the child will have unrestricted access to all materials provided by the Library.  Additionally, parents or guardians will not have access to their child’s account unless they specify during the registration process that they would like access to the account (with the child present).

  • Loan Periods

    Lynnfield Library Items

    Fiction and Nonfiction Books

    3 weeks

    Music CDs

    3 weeks

    DVDs, Videos, and Video Games*

    3 weeks


    3 weeks, no renewals

    Chromebook Kits

    3 weeks, no renewals

    Board Games and Puzzles

    3 weeks

    Back Issues of Periodicals

    3 weeks

    Current Issues of Periodicals

    Library Use Only

    Reference Materials

    Library Use Only

    Phone Chargers

    Library Use Only – Two Hours

    Items requested from NOBLE Libraries

    As of August 1, 2016, a new uniform loan period for materials borrowed from other NOBLE libraries is in effect. The loan period for DVDs and music CDs is 1 week with 2 renewals, and books and other materials will check out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals.

    *Video games are limited to 3 per card and are available for pick up in Lynnfield Library only.

  • Fines & Fees

    Lynnfield Library owned items that are returned after the due date will not be charged an overdue fine. There is an exception for some Library of Things items that are subject to their own fines and fees as per the Library of Things Lending Agreement.

    Non-Lynnfield owned items returned after the due date may have fines as set by the owning library.

    Long Overdue items – items that are more than 42 days overdue – may be considered lost and a bill for the replacement cost of the item will be added to the patron’s account. Returning the item will eliminate any bill attached to the item.

    Any patron with an item more than 42 days overdue will also receive a temporary block on their library card until the item is either returned or a replacement fee is paid to the Library.  The block will prohibit check-outs, hold placement, renewals, and various other services.

    Patrons with fines totaling $10.00 or more may not checkout additional items until the fine has been paid off or reduced.

    Lynnfield items that are returned in damaged condition or incomplete will be addressed according to our Damaged/Incomplete Item policy.

  • Renewals

    Most items can be renewed up to two times unless another person has placed a hold on and is waiting for the item.

    You may renew items in person, over the phone by calling (781) 334-5411 or (781) 334-6404, or online by logging into your account.

    Note: A personal identification number (PIN) or password is required to access your online account.  You may reset your PIN/password online or in person at the Library.  You must have a valid email address associated with your library account to access your online account. If not, please contact the Library for further assistance.

  • Computer & Scanner Use


    Library patrons have access to nine high-speedInternet PC computers in the Reading Room. In addition to Internet access, these computers provide links to a variety of databases, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher (2016).  Each of the nine Internet-accessible computers in the Reading Room is connected to both a black & white and color printer.  Black and white copies are $.15 each and color copies are $.25 each.  The Internet computers may be used for thirty minutes with the exception of the “quick use” computer which may be used for fifteen minutes.   The Library also provides four catalog computers – three in the Reading Room, one in the Children’s Room – to look up materials in the Lynnfield and NOBLE collections.

    Please see our Internet Access Policy for more information.


    The Library has a scanner connected to one of the public access computers.  There is no extra fee to use the scanner, but normal print charges do apply. (There is a charge of $.15 cents for black and white prints, $.25 cents for color prints.)  Items scanned on to the computer can be printed, emailed, or saved onto a flash drive.

  • Library Space

    The Library is a public building for all patrons to use on a first come basis. Due to the lack of a program/meeting room, as well as overall space constraints, there are no areas available to reserve in the Library.

    The Library is nonpartisan and does not endorse any group that meets there.

    Approved on July 20, 2017, Revised September 12, 2017

    Board of Trustees

    Lynnfield Public Library

  • Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

    The Library provides access to a wide variety of Newspapers, Magazines, and Periodicals.

    A complete listing of available titles and their locations in the Library can be found on the Newspapers, Magazines and Periodicals page.

  • Interlibrary Loan

    Quite often, patrons are able to walk right into the Library and immediately take out the book or audiovisual material they need. What happens if we don’t own the item, or it is out? At that point, the Reference Department can request items from the other 28 members of the NOBLE consortium for delivery to the Library in three to four days. If no other library in NOBLE owns the requested item, we look elsewhere in Massachusetts, and if need be, across the country! We have received items from as far away as Alaska, Louisiana, and California! So, if we don’t have the item you want, please ask! (Just remember, it will take a week or more to get items from outside the NOBLE network.)

  • Microfilm/Microfiche Reader/Printer

    The Library has one microfilm/microfiche reader and printer located in the Reading Room on the Main Floor available for use with our older issues of newspapers and Genealogical microfilm. There is another reader/printer available in the Genealogy Room. Copies are $.15 each. Ask one of the Reference Librarians for further assistance.

  • Photocopying & Printing

    For your convenience, a photocopier is located in the Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. Copies can be made on either standard letter (8 1/2″ X 11″) or legal (8 1/2″ X 14″) size paper and cost $.15 each. Double-sided and ledger (11” X 17”) size paper cost $.25 each. The photocopier does not produce color copies.

    Each of the eight public Internet-accessible computers located in the Reading Room is connected to a black and white laser printer and a color printer.  Black and white copies are $.15 each and color copies are $.25 each.

    Wireless printing services are available. Please visit our Wireless Printing Portal for instructions for printing from home, or from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

  • Wireless Access

    Wireless internet service is available at the Library. Patrons with wireless-enabled devices can connect to the internet for as long as they like, without waiting for a free PC. Patrons who use the Library’s wireless network must abide by the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy. Patrons are responsible for knowing how to configure their own wireless devices.

    Our WiFi name is: LynnfieldPublic , no password is required to connect.

    Please see our Internet Access Policy for more information.

  • Circulating Reference Collection

    Many of the items in our Reference Collection may be taken out of the Library for a 7 day loan period. Look for the “7 Day Loan” sticker above the “Reference” tag on the spine of the books in our Reference area.  A small number of our Reference items are available for use only within the Library, and these items only have the “Reference” sticker on the spine.  Please contact the Reference Services department if you have any questions about our circulating Reference materials.