Library Card Information

Eligibility


Library cards are issued at no charge to:

  • Merrimack residents
  • Merrimack property owners
  • Anyone employed in Merrimack
  • Anyone attending school in Merrimack
  • Current members of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce with businesses that do not have a storefront located in Merrimack may apply for a Non-resident card at a reduced fee of 50% off the current rate.


To Apply


Please visit the Library in person and bring a photo ID and proof of address, employment, or educational enrollment. First-time registrants may also preregister online.

  • Children: Must be 5 years old and be able to print their own name to qualify for a card. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent when applying for a library card.
  • Non-residents: Those who do not qualify for a card as per the conditions above may purchase a card for $100.00 per year with valid ID.


Borrowing Privileges


As a member of the GMILCS, Inc. consortium, we are able to extend borrowing privileges to include materials from other participating libraries in the area (for cardholders in good standing). The extension of these privileges and responsibilities may vary based on individual library policies.


Cardholder Responsibilities


Cardholders are encouraged to care for borrowed library items as if they were their own. Careful and gentle usage extends shelf life and helps keep operating expenses down. By accepting a card from the Merrimack Public Library, the cardholder agrees to:

  • Accept responsibility for any use of the card
  • Follow all Library policies and procedures
  • Present the card for all account transactions
  • Pay all fees and replacement costs
  • Report a lost or stolen card
  • Report changes to address, phone number, or the cardholder's name


Library Card Expirations & Renewals


Resident Library Cards: Resident cards expire every 3 years (even if the card has been used during that time). Patron records are automatically deleted from our database after 2 years have passed from the expiration date. If your name and account are no longer in our system, we can issue you a new card (if needed) on your next visit or establish a new account with proper ID. Accounts can be reactivated in person at the Circulation Desk or over the phone. Your current information (address, phone, etc.) must be verified to ensure your account is up-to-date.

Non-Resident Cards: Non-resident cards expire every year and can be reactivated with valid photo ID and proof of employment, property ownership, or educational enrollment. The cost is $100 per year upon renewal of card (see terms above for library cards that can be issued at no charge). Cash or check only.

Caregiver Cards: In the event that a parent or guardian cannot accompany a child to the premises, a caregiver may act in their place to check out materials for children not yet old enough to obtain a card of their own. In order to qualify for a Caregiver Card, a “Caregiver” shall be defined as: an adult who has been contracted by the child’s family to provide care of a child younger than 6 who resides in Merrimack; is themselves not a resident of Merrimack; and can demonstrate a relationship with the child by providing a letter from the Parent/Guardian of the child. Caregiver cards expire every year and can be reactivated with valid photo ID and a new letter from the Parent/Guardian. Consult the Caregiver Card Policy below for more information.


Replacements


Members in good standing are eligible for 1 free replacement card per membership year. Thereafter, a $5 fee is charged for each replacement within that membership year.


Accessing Your Library Account Online


Cardholders can access their library card account online. Select 'Log In' from the library catalog and enter your library card number (without any spaces) and 4-character PIN. If you don't already have a PIN, need to reset it, or are having problems accessing your account, visit or call the Circulation Desk for assistance. Once logged in, you will be able to:

  • View materials that are checked out on your account
  • Renew items (as long as they have not been requested by another patron)
  • Request items
  • Pay fines or fees electronically (additional fee required for online payment; see "Paying Fees & Fines")