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Getting a Card

Massachusetts Residents/Property Owners

Hyannis Public Library CLAMS cardThe Hyannis Public Library will issue a card to any legal resident of Massachusetts or Town of Barnstable property owner.
The name and address provided to verify identification must match the information entered on the application.

Adults are asked to present one of the following valid Massachusetts IDs showing name and current address:

  • Current Massachusetts Driver’s License
  • Current Massachusetts Non-Driver Picture ID
  • Picture Learner’s Permit

If the above documentation is not available, any two of the following forms of identification are acceptable for adults and or young adults, provided the first shows a photo and name and/ or signature, and the second the applicant’s current address:

  • Deed from Town of Barnstable
  • Massachusetts lease agreement for one or more years
  • Massachusetts Car Registration
  • Massachusetts Medicare or Medicaid Card​
  • Utility Bill with local address
  • Employment ID
  • Pay Stub from Employer
  • Current college or university photo ID card
  • Current employee photo ID  Card
  • Current Armed Services ID Card
  • Alien Registration photo ID Card
  • Current passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Massachusetts Motor vehicle registration
  • Professional, vocational or union photo ID
  • Tax bill or receipt
  • Transit Pass
  • Current photo ID with signature and expiration date issued by an embassy or consulate in Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Transitional Assistance (EBT) ID
  • Bank statement dated within the last three months
  • Mail showing name and address, dated within the last 3 months, as indicated by the postmark or date of printed e-bill.

Non-Residents/Out-of-State Residents

Hyannis library cards are NOT available for short term visitors (four weeks or less) to the Cape or out-of-state residents. However, short-term visitors and out-of-state residents are welcome to borrow the “Beach Books” (located in the baskets on the upper level and in the Children’s Room) without a library card.

The following CLAMS libraries issue Summer Resident cards.  There may be a fee, so interested parties should call these libraries for details.*

  • Chilmark
  • Cotuit
  • Eastham
  • Edgartown
  • Falmouth
  • Marstons Mills
  • Mashpee
  • Nantucket
  • Provincetown
  • Truro
  • Vineyard Haven
  • West Tisbury

* All CLAMS libraries should honor a valid CLAMS temporary borrower’s card.

Guidelines for Borrowing with Your Valid CLAMS Card

  • Books, magazines, and sound recordings may be checked out for 2 weeks (14 days). These items may be renewed  three times. Items with holds for other patrons cannot be renewed.
  • The Library collects late charges. Late charges for books, magazines  and sound recordings are $ .10 cents a day, with a maximum fine
  • of $3.00 per item. Charges for lost or damaged items must be paid in full to the owning library.
  • DVDS can be checked out for 1 week (7 days). DVD can be renewed two times. Late charges for movies are $ 1.00 a day per item, with a maximum fine of $ 3.00 per item. Charges for lost or damaged items must be paid in full to the owning library.
  • Renewals can be  done in person, by telephone, or on-line with your valid CLAMS card and PIN.  Replacement cards are $ .50  cents.
  • Please return library materials inside at the Main Circulation Desk during open hours. When the library is closed, items may be dropped into the book and DVD return drops and will be checked in on the next day that the library is open. The Book Return Drop is located to the right of the Main Entrance. The DVD/CD Drop is located to the left of the Main Entrance.

Courtesy Card

Massachusetts Residents visiting Cape Cod for more than 4 weeks and for less than 6 months may qualify for a Courtesy Card. Patrons with Courtesy Cards may check out up to five items.
To obtain a Courtesy Card, the applicant must provide all of the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of legal address.
  • Written confirmation of local address

Courtesy cards expire in 3 months and may be renewed.

Young Adult/Child's Card

Young adults (ages 12 through17) may show the same ID as adults. Young adults may additionally show one of the following forms of identification provided the current address is listed:

  • School Photo ID
  • Report card
  • Class schedule
  • Working papers

A parent or legal guardian who is a library card holder will be asked to sign the registration form for his/her child under the age of 12. Children should be able to write their first and last name. By co-signing, the parent or legal guardian accepts responsibility for settling fines, damages, losses, or other assessments against the library card of his/her child.