Loan Periods

Movies have a one-week loan period. All other items may be taken out for 3 weeks.


Items can be renewed twice, either in person, by phone, or by accessing your account online. Items which other patrons have requested may not be renewed.


“Requests” can be placed on most material owned by MVLC libraries. Patrons can fill out a request form in the library or can reserve items through the online catalog (click here).


Library card fees

Carlisle residentsNo fee for first card or replacement cards
Other Mass. residentsFree reciprocal borrowing for cardholders from other Massachusetts towns (full policy)
Replacement cardsNo charge for residents


The Library no longer charges fines on most items.

Books, Audio, DVDsNo late fees. Items more than 49 days overdue must be returned or replacement cost paid before you may borrow more items.
Museum passesMuseum passes must be returned by 10 am the day following the day of use or a late fee of $5 per day will be charged. Maximum fee is $25.
Circulating equipment such as ereaders$5.00 a day with a maximum of $25 before replacement charge.
Lost/damaged itemsPayment for lost or damaged items must be collected before the patron’s borrowing privileges are restored. Payment may be made at any MVLC member library.
Claims returnedItems that a patron feels he/she has returned can be changed to a claims returned status. The patron is not charged for these items, but they do remain on the patron’s record in this status.

Grace Period: There is a one day grace period.

Overdue Notices:
An email courtesy notice will be sent out 3 days before due date.
A single overdue notice will be issued 14 days after the due date.
A Billing Notice will be sent out 49 days after the due date.


Library Elf provides customized tracking of your and your family’s due dates and holds by email, RSS, or text message. Please note that Library Elf is a private service not affiliated with the Gleason Library or Merrimac Valley Library Consortium. Cardholders use Library Elf at their own option and risk. If you receive RSS feeds through a web-based aggregator such as Bloglines, Feedster, or Yahoo, your feeds may be viewable by the general public even if your account is marked “Private.” Please read Library ELF’s privacy policy and FAQ before signing up for the service.

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