How to Get a Library Card


The Sutton Library is a member of the CW MARS network of libraries. Your CW MARS library card can be used at over 150 locations in Central and Western Massachusetts. Click here for a complete list and map of all CW MARS libraries.

Any resident of Massachusetts may become a registered borrower by showing proof of current address and providing registration information. Anyone who wishes to borrow materials from the Sutton Library must have either a Sutton or CW MARS member library card. Non-residents of Sutton are accorded all the same services as Sutton residents.


Before a library card can be issued a picture ID with full name imprinted on it must be presented. In conjuction with this picture ID, all applicants need to present proof of address. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's License, Permit, or State ID
  • Automobile Registration
  • Residential property tax statement 
  • Lease or Rental Agreement Current Utility Bill
  • Official photo identification from a school, employer, or government agency
  • Bank Statement or Check Book
  • Piece of Cancelled Mail

Children – Ages 5 through 11

Parents or legal guardians may obtain a Sutton Free Public Library card for their child on or after their 5th birthday. The parent or legal guardian must have a library card and be a patron in good standing (i.e. no lost books, excessive overdues, or excessive fines). The child must be present when the library card is issued.

Children- Ages 12-17

Children, ages 12 through 17, who have picture identification including their current address may obtain a library card without the presence of a parent or guardian. Children, ages 12 through 17, who do not have picture identification must have a parent or guardian with picture identification including their current address be present to obtain a library card. 

A library card is needed each time you borrow materials from the library or to access most of the online services via the Internet. Your card ensures accurate and fast checkout, enables you to borrow materials when our computer system is down and protects your privacy at the Circulation desk.

There is no fee to replace a lost or damaged card. Remember, you are responsible for all materials borrowed on your library card!

Get an eCard

An eCard is a CW MARS library card you can register for online to access electronic materials, such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases.

The eCard is for patrons who do not already have a CW MARS library card and may be upgraded to a physical library card with borrowing privileges by visiting your local library. For more information about the eCard, read our FAQ.

You are eligible to apply for a CW MARS eCard, if you...

Follow this link to get an eCard: