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Using the Library

Books, Books on Tape, and CDs | Videos | Magazines | After-Hours Returns | Computer Resources | Research Computers | Interlibrary Loan (ILL) | Meeting Rooms | Exhibits

Library Cards and Borrowing

The Ventress Memorial Library is Marshfield’s Public Library. To apply for a card, you must be 18 or older and need to bring in an ID with your Massachusetts address on it. If you are a new resident and haven’t changed your license yet, also bring a piece of mail that you have received at your new Massachusetts address. If you are under 18, a parent/guardian needs to sign you up for a library card.

As a member of the Old Colony Library Network, OCLN cards originating from other towns may be used here. If you live in a Massachusetts town that is not part of the OCLN, you will be allowed to apply for a card at our library.

Books, Books on Tape, and CDs Circulate for 14 days

May be renewed twice unless there is a waiting list.

New items can only be renewed once.

FINES are five cents per day.

As an alternative to long waiting lists, some bestsellers are available on a $1 per week rental basis.


Circulate for 7 days with one renewal unless there is a waiting list.

Adult card required for videos.

Limit six DVDs.

FINES are one dollar per day, per DVD.


Circulate for 7 days.

MAY be renewed twice unless there is a waiting list.

CURRENT issue may not circulate.

FINES are five cents per day.

After-Hours Returns

There is a drive-up book and video drop available at the end of the library's entrance walkway. Only library items can be placed in here. Please no donations in the bookdrop.

Children’s Services

STORY time sessions for ages 3+. Registration required.

SIGN up twice per year, September and January.

SUMMER Reading Program, Class Visits, and Special Events.

CHILDREN’s Computer available for game-playing. Parental supervision required.

Computer Resources

PCs available for word processing, graphic design, and world wide web access.

Computers available on a first come, first served- basis. Time limit is one hour. Please be courtesy of others.

Printing is 20 cents a page.

Free wireless Internet access.

Guided Reference Computer

Reservations accepted, Walk-ins welcome.

Encarta Encyclopedia

Contemporary Literary Criticism

Business Directories

Medical Research

Self-Help Legal

Test Preparation Software

Shakespeare Dictionary

Masterplots Literary CD

Newspaper and Magazine Searching

Marshfield Mariner, Patriot Ledger on microfilm-printing/scanning station

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Patrons may place a hold on items within the OCLN network.

Virtual catalog available for holds at libraries within Massachusetts

Ask about ILL procedure for items not available within Massachusetts.

Overdue fines for ILL items adhere to the lending library’s policy.

Meeting Rooms

Available for Marshfield’s public interest groups by appointment. Non-profit groups only. Make reservations at the circulation desk.


Rotating art exhibit sponsored by the North River Arts Society.

Lobby floral arrangements courtesy of Seaside Gardeners.

BookNook floral arrangements courtesy of Y'ise Gardeners

ESL Marshfield Program

If you need help with English (ESL) come to the library and apply for our ESL program. If you would like to help a person learn English, volunteer to be a Tutor. Leave your name and contact information with library staff and the program director will be in touch with you.