How Do I Borrow Library Materials? 

Patrons must present their library card for all services, including computer use.

Registration of Borrowers for a Library Card

There is no fee to obtain a Brockton Public Library card. Residents of communities that are members of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) may register for a library card in any OCLN library.

Digital OCLN Card: 

Complete this registration form. Your e-card will allow you to place holds on print books, CDs, and DVDs. To borrow items from the library and access Brockton research databases (including those with e-books and magazines), you will need to upgrade to a permanent card when you visit.

Important Note: Patrons passcode used to access your account and for many online resources defaults to ocln all lower case.

Adult, Student & Children's Library Permanent Card See Below:

  1. Fines & Fees
  2. Loan Periods & Limitations
  3. Renewals & Reserves
  4. Museum Passes
  5. Project Outreach
  6. Interlibrary Loan

Adult Card

To obtain an adult library card, fill out the Adult Application Form (PDF). Adults must show identification showing their name, photograph, and current address.

Acceptable photo identification:

  • Driver's license
  • Massachusetts ID (issued by Registry of Motor Vehicles)
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Student ID

Acceptable current address identification:

  • Any of the above photo IDs which also show current address
  • Checkbook
  • Utility bills
  • Lease agreement
  • Personal mail with current cancellation stamp


Students Grades 9 through 12 must show one of the following pieces of identification:

  • Driver's License with current address
  • Current school ID with photo.

Students Grades 7 - 8

Students must show an official school document (i.e. report card or class schedule) for identification to receive a library card. Those without identification will follow the requirements for a children's card.

Children's Card

To obtain a youth library card for children to Grade 6, fill out the Child Application Form (PDF).

Children through grade six may receive a library card when they are able to print their first and last name or are at least in kindergarten. A parent, grandparent, or legal guardian/foster parent must be present and show identification with a current address. The application must be signed by the adult.

Lost Cards

Patrons must present identification for a replacement card.

  • Students - High School ID or official school paper
  • Children - Parent present with ID