Library Policies & Services

Library Circulation Policy



Library Cards: The Franklin Public Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network.  Any resident of Massachusetts may be issued a Minuteman card. Proof of address is required. Residents of towns within the Minuteman network and Dean College students should get their card from their home library. Library cards are free.

Patrons can also apply for a temporary online library card here.  Please complete registration by coming in to the library with your temporary card number within six months.

Loan Periods: Books, audiobooks, and games may be checked out for three weeks. Magazines, speed reads, DVDs, and Blu-Rays older than six months may be checked out for one week.  New Blu-Rays may be checked out for one week.  Literacy items check out for three weeks.  Museum passes check out for one day.

Renewals: Items may be renewed either by telephone, at the library or through the "My Account" feature of the Web catalog. If renewing by phone, please have your card number and item information ready. If renewing over the Web, you will need a PIN number in addition to your library card number. Sign up for a PIN at any circulation desk in the Minuteman network, or through the "My Account" feature of the Minuteman Catalog.  Books, audiotapes, books on CD, and literacy items may be renewed 2 times if there is no request pending.  Blurays and DVDs over three months old, magazines, and games may by renewed 2 times if there is no request pending.  Museum passes may not be renewed.

Overdue Fines: Books, CDs, literacy materials, magazines and audiobooks are assessed a ten cent fine per day up to a maximum of five dollars. Console games are assessed twenty-five cents per day up to a maximum of five dollars. DVDs and BluRays accrue a one dollar per day fine, with a five dollar maximum.  Museum passes are assessed a fine of $10.00 per day with a maximum of $20.00 on non-disposable passes. There is no longer a grace period for overdue fines.

Returning Items – Please deposit all items into the Book Drop slots outside the building entrance by the School Street parking lot.

Fines & Fees

Fines may be paid at any Minuteman Library or online. Your account will be frozen if there is either over $10.00 in fines, ten overdue books, or one or more items billed.

MaterialLoan PeriodHoldsRenewalFinesMaximum Fine
Books, Audiobooks - Adult, Youth, Children3 weeksYes2$.10$5.00
Speed Read1 weekNoNo$.10$5.00
Music CDs3 weeksYes2$.10$5.00
DVDs2 weeksYes2$1.00$5.00
New DVDs (first three months)2 weeksNoNo$1.00$5.00
New Blu-Rays (first three months)7 daysNoNo$1.00$5.00
Blu-Rays2 weeksYes2$1.00$5.00
Magazines1 weekYes2$.10$5.00

Interlibrary Loan


Minuteman Library Network Requests
You may request items from your home computer or in the library through the Minuteman Library Network catalog.  You will need your library barcode number and pin.

When materials you request are received at the library, you will be notified by email or by phone that your materials are ready for pick up.  You will have one week to pick up your materials.

Commonwealth Catalog
Items not available through the Minuteman Library Network may be available from other libraries in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.  To locate an item, search the Commonwealth Catalog. You may place a request for these items which will then be delivered to your local library for pick up.

Interlibrary Loan
If you are unable to locate materials through the Minuteman Catalog or the Commonwealth Catalog, contact the Reference Department at 508-520-4943 to request materials from libraries throughout the United States.

Text Messaging Alert Service
Shoutbomb is the library's new text messaging notification service. To get started, text SIGNUP to 508-507-2560, then reply to the Shoutbomb messages with your library card number. Within an hour, you will receive several introductory messages. For more information, please visit .




Franklin Public Library Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

The Franklin Public Library has ten desktop computers available for public use.  Eight are in the adult section, and two are in the Children's Department.  Internet access and Microsoft Office 2013 are available on all of the public computers.

Printing is available at 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color.

Each user is allowed a maximum of 2 hours each day.   Sessions are 60 minutes each, which may be extended if there is no one waiting to use a computer.

Free WiFi is available throughout the building.  No password is required. Use of the Library's wifi is subject to the library's Computer Use and Internet Access Policy.


The Franklin Public Library currently has two copiers available to the public.  Both offer black and white printing, and one offers color printing.  Black and white printing is $.10 per page, and color printing is $.50 per page.


In 2016, the library received a donation of a 4.5 inch Orion Starblast telescope from the Aldrich Astronomical Society.  This telescope was provided with funding from MathWorks of Natick, MA, and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Adopt a Library Program. It is now free for patrons to check out for one week to explore the night sky!  Instructions and astronomical charts are included with the telescope.




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The Franklin Public Library now has wifi hotspots available for circulation!  These cell phone sized devices provide high speed internet connection any time, any place! Connect your phone, laptop, or tablet to free wifi.  Up to 15 devices can be connected to the hotspot at once.  They can be used in the car for long trips, brought along on vacation to the mountains, or to the beach! Stream video or music at the ball fields and more!  Users agree to library's Internet Use Policy.  Can be checked out for one week with no renewals, late fee $1 per day.  Cannot be used for international travel.  For more information, please contact the library at 508-520-4941.




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