Yes! You can use your Marshfield library card at any library in the Old Colony Library Network. Please note that many OCLN libraries require you to present a physical library card in order to check out items.
To register for a library card, visit the check out desk with a photo ID with your current address on it, or a photo ID plus some other proof of address. You can also register for an eCard, which will allow you to check out digital items, but if you'd like to check out physical items, you'll need to visit the library in person with your photo ID and convert the eCard into a physical card.
For more information, see: Sign Up for a Library Card
Everyone! There is no age limit or residency requirement. Please note that if you have a library card from a different OCLN library, you can use that card here - you don’t need to register for a Marshfield card.
Your PIN is the same for the online catalog and Overdrive/Libby. This PIN is OCLN by default if you've never changed it. If OCLN doesn't work as a PIN, please contact us with your library card number and we will reset your PIN for you.
Yes! Just come to the check out desk with your photo ID and we will give you a new library card for free. Please note that it will have a different number from your old library card, but all your information, holds, and checkouts will remain on your account.
You can return most items from any OCLN library to the Ventress Memorial Library, and you can return most of our items to any other OCLN library. However, some special items must be returned directly to the owning library. See Borrowing Rules for a list of Ventress items that cannot be returned to other libraries.
If you aren't sure whether an item has to be returned to the owning library, please contact that library to ask.
Note: The Clift Rodgers Library in Marshfield Hills is not part of OCLN. We cannot accept CRL returns.
Yes. We will also accept a photo of the library card on your phone, or the card entered into a virtual wallet app as long as there is a scannable barcode. If you've forgotten your card, we can look up your account from your photo ID as a one-time exception.
If you've lost your library card, we can give you a new one for free - just come to the check out desk with your photo ID.
The item may have been returned to the shelf without being checked in. Please call us at 781-834-5535 or email email@example.com and we’ll take a look for it.
Yes! We have a homebound delivery program for patrons who cannot visit the library. Please call us at 781-834-5535 or email Kate Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the program.
If you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can also use Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla to check out ebooks, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines with your library card. You can also stream movies and TV shows with Hoopla and Kanopy. These services can be used through a browser, or through apps on Android and Apple devices. Feel free to call us if you need assistance with these services.
You can place a hold on an item in the online catalog, or you can call us at 781-834-5535.
For more information, see How Do I Request a Book? and How Do I Use the Catalog?
You can also search Commonwealth Catalog, which allows you to request items from other Massachusetts library networks. If the item isn't available in ComCat, you can try placing an ILL request and we'll try to get the item from out of state.
For more information, see Requesting Items from Outside OCLN.
We may not have your up to date contact information. You can update your contact info in the online catalog. See How Do I Use the Catalog?: Managing Your Account.
If you’re set up to receive email notifications, the notifications might be going to your spam folder. Please note that some school and business email providers, including the Marshfield school system, block all automated email notifications from the library.
You can only pick up another patron’s holds if you have their library card with you, or if you are part of a library card group. This holds true even if you are trying to pick up holds for your child or spouse. Library card group forms may be picked up at the check out desk.
If you or someone you know cannot visit the library due to disability or lack of transportation, please ask about our homebound delivery program by calling us at 781-834-5535 or emailing Kate Adams at email@example.com.
Please call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org; we might be able to keep your hold for a few extra days.
Yes - for curbside pickup, please call the library from our parking lot and be prepared to give your library card number over the phone. For after-hours pickup, please call us at least 2 hours before we close and we will put your hold in an outdoor locker for you.
For bills of $5 or more, you can pay by credit or debit card in the online catalog. See How Do I Use the Online Catalog?: Managing Your Account. You can also pay by check or cash at the library check out desk. We cannot accept credit or debit card payments at the desk. If you need help paying your bill online by card, please ask at the reference desk.
We cannot accept cash payments for lost or damaged items that belong to other libraries. If you would like to pay in cash, you’ll need to visit the library that owns the item.
Any items that are 45 days overdue are considered lost, and you will be billed the replacement cost. If you return the item to the library, the bill will be removed. (If the item belongs to a library that charges late fees, you may still have to pay the late fee.)
It’s possible the item was returned to the shelf without being checked in. Please call us or email email@example.com with your library card number and we’ll look for it.
Sometimes, but this varies on an item-to-item basis. Please contact us before buying a replacement for a lost or damaged item. If the item belongs to a different library, please contact the owning library, as some libraries do not accept replacement items.
Yes - just stop by the reference desk and we can help you on one of the public computers or on your own device.
Yes. You can print from your own device either at home or at the library. Visit our Mobile Printing page for instructions. Please note that mobile printing jobs will only stay on the server for 24 hours. If you don't release your print job within that time, you'll need to send it again.
We loan wireless hotspots that can give you internet access anywhere you can get a cell signal. We also loan out Chromebooks if you need to borrow a computer.
You can fill out our meeting room reservation form, ask at the check out desk, or call us at 781-834-5535. Meeting room reservations are subject to the following rules:
Please read our meeting room policy for the full list of rules.
All meeting room reservations must be manually approved by a staff member. You will be contacted to let you know whether your meeting room reservation has been approved.
Please call us at 781-834-5535. Please note that rescheduling a meeting room reservation requires the same 72-hour lead-time as reserving a meeting room.
All library-run programs are free of charge.
Click on the program in our Event Calendar and follow the registration link. Some programs do not require registration.
Please contact the staff member listed in the program description in the event calendar.
Visit our museum pass reservation page. You will need to choose a specific date for your museum visit - most museum passes must be used on the same date they have been reserved for. Museum passes are available to all OCLN patrons with a library card in good standing. You will need to enter your library card number to reserve the pass.
It varies. Most museum passes fall into one of three categories:
Please call us at 781-834-5535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel a museum pass reservation.
The following OCLN libraries allow any adult OCLN cardholders to reserve and borrow their museum passes.
Additionally, the following OCLN libraries allow OCLN cardholders from other towns to borrow museum passes on the day of use if they are available (but not reserve passes in advance):
If you have any questions about museum passes at other libraries, please contact the library in question.
Yes! The Friends of the Library accept donations of like-new or gently used books, DVDs, CDs, video games for current-generation consoles, board games, and puzzles. Donations in good condition are usually sold in the Friends of the Library book sale to raise money for the library.
Please bring your donations to the check out desk during our open hours.
We cannot accept the following items:
All donations to the collection are reviewed by the library director and decided on a case-by-case basis in line with our collection development policy. If you would like to donate an item specifically to be added to the collection rather than sold in the book sale, please ask a library staff member.