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Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington Street, Braintree MA 02184, Phone 781-848-0405
Borrowing: Library Cards, Privileges, Fines and More

Circulation Area from between bookcasesAdult Circulation Desk

The Adult Circulation Desk is located on the Messina Level (Main Level) of the library. You may apply for a library card here and borrow or return materials. Four online catalogs adjacent to the circulation desk are available to search for materials, place holds or review patron library records. The staff is always available to assist patrons and provide guidance in learning how to use the online catalogs.

You will also find these materials on the main level:

Audiobooks Fiction Large Print
Compact Discs Mysteries Current Newspapers
Videos & DVDs Science Fiction Current Magazines
Newest Items Paperbacks Library Displays

Library Cards

  • You may apply for a Library Card at the Circulation desk. Identification with the applicant's address (e.g. a driver's license) is required in order to receive a card. 
  • A patron must have a valid library card with them to borrow materials. A $2.00 fee will be charged to replace a lost library card.
  • Children, up to Grade 6, should apply for their card in our Children's Department. Young Adults under the age of 16 must have their parent's signature in order to obtain a card.
  • You may also register online for an ecard for immediate access to many online products. You will need to complete your registration in person in order to check out materials.

Borrowing Privileges

A patron may check out unlimited library materials excepting Videos, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks and Games. Videos and DVDs are limited to a total of 10 per day. CDs and Audiobooks are also limited to 10. Games are limited to 3 per day. Patrons may not check out items if there is a balance of $5.00 or more on their account.

Loan Periods and Fines

Material Loan
Overdue Fine
Per Day
Maximum Fine
Books 2 weeks .10 5.00
Magazines 2 weeks .10 5.00
Audiocassettes & CDs 2 weeks .10 5.00
Videos 1 week 1.00 5.00
DVDs 1 week 1.00 5.00
Video Games 1 week 1.00 5.00

Overdue Information

Patrons are encouraged to return library materials on or before their due date to avoid fines and to make the items available to other patrons. There is a three-day grace period on items that circulate for two weeks. Items returned within the grace period incur no fine. There is no grace period on one-week loan periods (videos and DVDs).

Materials that are not returned within 60 days of their due date will automatically be billed as lost items.  For Braintree items, the borrower will be charged the replacement cost.  A final notice will be sent approximately two weeks before the charge is assessed.  If an item is returned after it has been billed, the borrower  will be responsible for  the late fee.  Please note that checks returned to the library with insufficient balance to pay will incur an additional $25.00 fee.

Lost/Damaged Material

Patrons are responsible for all library materials that they check out. If a patron loses a library item, they will be required to pay the replacement cost of the item. If the library staff determines that an item has been damaged beyond repair, the patron will be charged the replacement cost. Please note that checks returned to the library with insufficient balance to pay will incur an additional $25.00 fee.

Renewing Material

Most items can be renewed twice, with the exception of videos and DVDs, unless holds have been placed on them. Videos ad DVDs may be renewed once, as long as there are no holds on them.  Baker & Taylor Lease books are not renewable. Renewals can be done in person with your card or the item, over the phone with your card number or online.  Most new items, such as bestsellers, are often not available for renewal.

Returning Material

When the library is open, all materials may be returned to the designated area of the circulation desk in the Adult and the Children's department. There is also a book drop at the rear of the building that remains open for returns at all times. There is a separate drop for videos only.

Placing Holds

The hold procedure is a way to reserve a particular item for oneself. This item may be checked-out or may belong to another OCLN library. By placing a hold, you ensure that you will receive a copy of the item.

You can place a hold on most items that you find in the online catalog. You may do this from your home computer, at the library's online catalog or over the telephone. To do this yourself, you need your library card number, referred to as User Id and a PIN number. The default PIN is ocln. If you call the library, you must have your card number available and the circulation staff will be happy to place 2 holds for you, time permitting. When the library receives the item, you will be notified by telephone or email. You have a one-week period to pick up the item.

Telephone: 781-848-0405 Ext. 4410
Fax: 781-356-5447