For Individuals

In order to borrow materials from the Thayer Memorial Library, individuals must register for a Thayer Memorial Library card. Cards are issued free of charge to Lancaster residents and Commonwealth residents from communities with certified libraries. Applicants who do not meet residency requirements may purchase a card for a non-refundable fee of $50 per year.

Acceptable Identification

Applicants for Thayer Memorial Library cards must show identification with a current residential address and provide their date of birth. Providing identification with only a post office box number or information related to school or other temporary residence status is not adequate. Although not required, applicants are requested to provide a telephone number or an email address. The following are considered acceptable identification:

  • valid Massachusetts driver’s license
  • driver’s instruction permit, or identification card issued by the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Division with current residential address
  • residential property tax statement for a Lancaster residential property
  • A current utility bill with the name of the applicant and current Lancaster residential address
  • Official photo identification card from a school, government agency, employer, etc., along with another piece of identification displaying the current residential address: a current rent receipt or lease agreement, utility bill, a bank checkbook with current address imprinted on checks, current bank statement, or cancelled mail postmarked within the last week.

All cards are valid for two years, at the end of which time applicants will be asked to present an acceptable form of identification for address verification. The Library may, at any time before the expiration date, require that current address identification be shown. Therefore, borrowers should carry appropriate identification in addition to the Thayer Memorial Library card.

A Library card will become invalid if the patron changes residence.

Youths under 18

For applicants under the age of eighteen (18) to obtain borrowing privileges, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a completed application. Applicants must be at least 5 years of age and able to sign their name. Parents or guardians will be responsible for all items checked out on their children’s cards. Parents/Legal Guardians reserve the right to suspend the library privileges of minors for whom they are responsible.

For Schools and Local Residential Programs

Local organizations with students and/or residents may register for a Library card to be used by the organization’s staff to check out materials. Cards are issued to organizations which assume all responsibility for any activity on their account and assume all fine and replacement costs. Local organizations should contact the Director for further details.