Library Cards, Circulation, and Renewals

Patrons will be issued 2 library cards (one for your wallet and one for your key chain) upon presentation of identification showing current name and address such as a valid driver’s license, an imprinted bank check or a West Tisbury tax bill.

Library cards are free to residents of Massachusetts and/or West Tisbury tax payers. There is a one-time $10 charge per card for all others. At the age of 8, children may sign up for their own library card.

Books, magazines and audio books circulate for two weeks; DVDs and Blu-rays circulate for one week. We suggest a borrowing limit of 6 DVDs or Blu-rays per account. Materials may be renewed two times provided there are no holds on them. To renew your materials online, visit Enter the bar code on the  back of your card (or your username), and enter your 4-digit PIN. If you did not request a custom PIN when you applied for your library card, use the last 4 digits of your library card barcode. Select the checkboxes next to the items you would like to renew, and click renew marked. Please check that the renewals were successful. Some items may not be eligible for renewal. You can also renew items in person or by calling the library at 508-693-3366.

Patrons will receive a courtesy email three days before items are due to be returned. An overdue notice email will be sent out two weeks after an item is due, and a second overdue notice will be sent out after another two weeks. Six weeks after the item was due, the cost of the item will be billed to the patron’s account, at which point a hold will be placed on the card until the item is returned or paid for.

The West Tisbury Library is interested in having materials returned, not in collecting fines. We will be happy to collect payment for fines in the form of donations for the Island Food Pantry. Any non-perishable, non-expired food will be accepeted.  Library fees for lost, missing, or damaged items are not eligible to be waived for food donations. Food donations proportionate to your fines are appreciated!

You must have your library card with you to check out items.

We will be happy to hold your books until you can come back with your card. If your card is lost, replacements are free of charge.

All information regarding library materials circulated to particular borrowers is available only to library staff and the individual borrower.

Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out to them and to their minor children.