Library Cards and Fines


Library Cards

Any resident of Massachusetts can apply for a library card. Cards are issued at the library's circulation desk (for adults and teens) or in the children's room (children up to age 12). To obtain a library card, you must present a photo ID. Parents may present identification for children.

You can register for a temporary e-card online, which you can use to check out digital items, but you still need to come to the library with ID to get your permanent card.

Fall River library card holders have borrowing privileges at all SAILS member libraries. They can request items from other libraries to pick up in Fall River, or can use their card at other libraries. Any resident of Massachusetts may use Fall River Public Library's resources. For out-of-state residents, fees may apply; ask at the circulation desk.

There is no initial fee for a library card, but replacement cards (if the original is lost) are $5. Your library card comes with a regular wallet-sized card and a mini keychain card. You can also use the SAILS Mobile App to store your library barcode on your phone.

Overdue Fines

Books and other materials:10¢ per day; maximum $2 per item
ILL/Commonwealth Catalog loans: $1.00 per day; maximum $10 per item
Video games and DVDs: $2 per day; maximum $10 per item
Nintendo Switch console: $2 per day
Ukuleles: $2 per day
Wifi hotspots: $5 per day
Museum passes : $5 per day

Bicycles (in season): $5 per day

Lost or damaged material: List price of item

Note: Overdue fines were not charged during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of June 1, 2021, fines resumed for overdue library material.

Blocked and Expired Cards

Cards with $10 or more in fines outstanding will be blocked. The fines must be paid down to under $10 for the card to be used.

Cards automatically expire after 3 years, but can be re-activated by calling or visiting the library.