Fall River Public Library
Adult Services and Policies

Library Collection

Fall River Public Library owns approximately 200,000 items, including print and digital media. It is part of a regional system called SAILS, offering members access to resources from more than 70 libraries.

Museum Passes

Free or reduced-price passes to local musuems and attractions are available at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library. Borrowers 18 years of age and older may borrow one pass at a time. Please book passes in advance to assure availability. You can check availability and reserve passes online through the Ticketkeeper page, or by calling 508-324-2700, ext. 2.

Some other SAILS libraries allow borrowing of their museum passes. Click here for a complete list.

Passes may be picked up the day before (but please call first to make sure it has been returned). If you no longer need a pass, call to cancel so others can use it.

Museum passes must be returned to the Circulation Desk by 7 P.M. the day after use, except for Fridays and Saturdays when passes must be returned by 5 P.M. An overdue fine of $5 per day will be charged for late passes.

Please do not return passes to the bookdrop. Returning passes in the bookdrop will incur a fine of $1 and may result in the revocation of borrowing privileges.

Returning Borrowed Items

Most borrowed items may be returned to any Fall River Library branch or any SAILS library. A book drop at the Main Library is open at all hours for the return of books only. Other items, such as videos, CDs, and DVDs are more vulnerable to damage and must be returned inside the library.

Museum Passes, Virtual Catalog and Interlibrary Loan items borrowed through the Fall River Public Library must be returned here in Fall River.

Meeting Rooms

Two meeting rooms are available for use by both profit and nonprofit groups. There is a $5 fee for nonprofit groups; for-profit groups are charged a $50 fee.

Meeting rooms must be booked in advance. No booking is final until the fee has been received. A complete policy and application sheet can be viewed and printed here.

Click here to book a meeting room online. For questions about scheduling, contact Liane Verville, Assistant Library Administrator.

Photography and Filming

Amateur photography is allowed in the library within certain guidelines. Professional photography or filming is allowed only with permission of the library administration.

Download the library's Photography and Filming Policy for details.

Computer and Wi-Fi

The library offers open Wi-Fi access and public computers available from opening until one half-hour before closing. A library card is required to reserve internet computers. The library supports free public access to the web. Download our Internet Policy for more detail.

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Library Services

Holds: If you want an item that is out or owned by another SAILS library, you may place a hold yourself through the SAILS e-catalog or ask a reference librarian for assistance. It will be delivered to any SAILS member library that you specify.

Commonwealth Catalog and Interlibrary Loan: If Fall River or another SAILS library does not own the book or magazine article you need, you may be able to reserve it through the Commonwealth Catalog, an online catalog of public and college libraries throughout Massachusetts. Items not available in either SAILS or the Commonwealth Catalog may still be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Services staff can assist you with hard-to-find items. Ask a librarian, or email illfrm@sailsinc.org. When they arrive, interlibrary loans are held at the reference desk.

Library Cards

A SAILS library card must be presented to borrow library materials and to access library computers. Library cards are issued free of charge to Massachusetts residents at the library's circulation desk. Just complete a registration form and present a license or other picture ID.

Kids and teens: Children under 12 must register for cards in the children's room. Teens age 13-17 should register at the circulation desk. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their card.

Out of state cards: Residents of other states (including Rhode Island) may obtain a SAILS library card free if they own property in or work in Massachusetts. Otherwise, there is a $55 out-of-state card fee. Ask at the circulation desk.

Any Massachusetts resident or visitor may use Fall River Public Library's resources in the library. Out-of-state visitors may obtain a temporary guest pass to use internet computers upon presenting ID.

There is a $5 fee for the replacement of lost library cards.

Displays and Exhibits

The library has several public display cases for displaying books, collectibles, artwork and other exhibits. We welcome displays from nonprofit organizations, individuals and community groups.

To read the Library's Exhibit and Display Policy and access a Display Application, click here.

Programs and Book Sale

The library sponsors free programs for adults and children. These include movies, concerts, readings, crafts, story hours, and many others. Visit our Calendar of Events.

The Friends of the Fall River Library operate a year-round bookstore in the library and also sponsor special sales.


Passports are available by appointment. Details here.


Contact the circulation desk at 508-324-2700, ext. 2.

Loan Periods

Books and Magazines: 2 weeks (can be renewed)
E-books: 1-3 weeks
Compact Discs: 2 weeks
Non-fiction DVDs/Blu-Rays: 2 weeks
Fiction DVDs/Blu-Rays: 1 week
Binge boxes: 2 weeks

Electronic games: 1 week
Museum passes: 2 days
Book Buddies: 2 weeks
Interlibrary Loan Items (outside SAILS system):
1 month, or as determined by lending library

Borrowers of movies or museum passes must be at least 18 years old. Teacher and vacation loans are also available.

Loan Limits

DVDs/Blu-Rays: 5 per person
Binge boxes: 1 per person
Book/CD combinations: 2 per person
E-books: 10 per person
Book Buddies: 2 per family
Museum passes : 1 per family
Music CDs /Audio CDs : 10 per person
Video Games: 2 per person
Commonwealth Catalog: 10 per person (includes on-order and checked-out)
Interlibrary Loans: 5 per person (includes on-order and checked-out)


Library materials may be renewed in person, over the phone, or online from home using e-catalog. If there is no waiting list and materials are not overdue, you may renew books, compact discs, audiocassettes, and non-fiction videos twice.

Fiction DVDs/Blu-Rays, video games, museum passes, and Commonwealth Catalog items may not be renewed.

Interlibrary loans (out of network): may sometimes be renewed at the discretion of the lending library. Renewal must be requested before due date.

The library offers a choice of email, text message, or voice notification for overdue items and available holds.

Overdue Fines

Books and other materials:10¢ per day; maximum $2 per item
Videocassettes and DVDs: $2 per day; maximum $10 per item
ILL/Commonwealth Catalog loans: $1.00 per day; maximum $10 per item
Book Buddies: 50¢ per day
Museum passes : $5 per day
Science Explorer Kits: $5 per day
Non-book items returned in bookdrop: $1.00 per item
Lost or damaged material: List price plus $2.00 processing fee.

Copying, Faxing, Printing and Scanning

The library has a copy machine available to the public in the reference area. Black & white copies are $.25 per page.

Printing is available from library computers. Both black & white and color prints are $.25 per page. Computer users are responsible for all pages printed, so ask for help if you are not sure.

A scanner is available in the Reference Room. There is a charge of $2 per use (multi-page documents allowed).

A fax machine is available in the reference department for outgoing faxes only. The fee is $1 for the first page and $.50 for additional pages.

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