Library Cards

The Nashua Public Library offers a number of services both online and in person. Our physical and digital collections are available to all card holders free! To use everything that your library has to offer start here:

Register online

Register for a temporary library card to place holds on materials; download our e-books, audiobooks, and digital magazines; use the databases on our website; and take our online courses. You’ll have 30 days to bring in proof of eligibility for a library card, at which point you’ll get your physical card.

Who is eligible?

A library card is free to anyone who lives, works, owns property, attends school, or is retired from employment in Nashua! Spouses and children of Nashua employees (or retired employees) and property-owners are also eligible for free cards.

What form of ID do I need?

Residents of Nashua must present one of the following:

  • a photo ID showing their name and residential address (usually a driver’s license) or
  • a photo ID showing their name (but wrong address or no address) plus one alternate form of ID showing their name and residential address (checkbook, rent receipt, car registration, phone bill, mail delivered by the post office, etc.) or
  • two alternate forms of ID showing their name and residential address (checkbook, rent receipt, car registration, phone bill, mail delivered by the post office, etc.).

Employees in Nashua must present a photo ID (or two alternate forms of ID) along with business cards, pay-check stubs, or letters from the employer which show their name and workplace. (Those retired from employment must bring in a letter from the past employer.)

Property owners in Nashua must present a photo ID (or two alternate forms of ID) and tax bills showing their name and property address.

Students (adult) enrolled in Nashua must present either a school photo ID, or a non-school photo ID plus a tuition bill or letter from the teacher/headmaster/administration.

Spouses/children of Nashua employees (or retired employees) and property-owners must be present with the taxpayer to whom they are related (and spouses must present ID).

Those who reside in shelters or temporary housing in Nashua may obtain cards. They must present something in writing which indicates they reside at the temporary housing.

Children

Children (ages 5-11) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to obtain a card. The parent/legal guardian must sign for the child and assume financial responsibility for materials borrowed on the card. The parents/guardians must present ID (as above).

Teens

Teens (ages 12-17) assume financial responsibility for materials borrowed on their cards. They must present either a photo ID, class schedule, paystub/bill/mail, or student ID form filled out by the school.

Nonresident cards

If you don’t qualify for a free card you can still get one for an annual fee of $60. We still need to see a photo ID (or two alternative forms of ID) showing their name and address.

Computer Cards

Those who do not qualify for free library cards and wish to use our computers may obtain a computer card. Proof of residency is not required, but a photo ID (or two alternate pieces of ID) is required of adults. See above (Teens) for ID required of young adults.

A computer card may be upgraded to a regular borrower card when the customer meets the requirements and proper ID is presented.

Borrowing Policy

For more details on what you need to get a card and other rules and restrictions please read our full borrowing policy or ask for more information at the front desk.