Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Library Cards
  2. Loan Periods & Late Fees
  3. Services for Immigrants
  4. Donating Books to the Library
  5. Parking
  6. Snow and Ice Removal
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Where can I park nearby?

  • There is a free parking lot behind the library. Parking is limited to two hours. After two hours, you must move your car out of the lot. There is also on-street parking around the library, and a metered municipal lot one block from the library off of Lexington Street between Main Street and School Street.

All parking meters and metered zones in the City of Waltham are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Who do I call about a broken meter?

  • Parking Meter Division: Parking Meters
  • Government Center
  • 119 School Street
  • Waltham, MA 02451
  • 781-314-3405 or 781-314-3402

The Parking Meter Division is responsible for the installation and collection of parking meters, enforcement of all metered on-street parking and all city owned parking lots. They ensure the availability of short-term, on street parking spaces to support retail and commercial business throughout the City of Waltham.

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Snow and Ice Removal at the Waltham Public Library

Who is responsible for plowing the parking lot?

  • The Waltham Building Department
  • Government Center Building
  • 119 School Street
  • Waltham, MA 02451
  • 781-314-3191
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Who is responsible for sanding and salting the parking lot?

  • Waltham Public Works
  • City Hall
  • 167 Lexington Street
  • Waltham, MA 02451
  • 781-314-3801
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Who is responsible for shoveling the sidewalks and entranceway to the library?

  • Waltham Public Library
  • 735 Main Street
  • Waltham, MA 02451
  • 781-314-3425
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Library Cards

How do I get a library card and is there a charge?

  • It's easy to get your free Library Card, the best bargain in town!
  1. Fill out a short application. Stop at the Children's or Main Circulation desk and ask for a library card application or sign up online. We also have applications in Spanish and in Portuguese.
  2. Show a valid photo identification and proof of your current address. This can be a Massachusetts drivers license, but we will accept other forms of ID. Acceptable forms of address verification have imprinted on them the applicant's name and current address: a driver's license, a utility bill with your name and address, a checkbook or a piece of mail.
  3. We will make your card right away. Now you may use and borrow FREE things at the library!
  4. Click here for more details about our Library Card Policy

  • Massachusetts residents* and out of state residents who work in Waltham may obtain library cards.
  • Please notify the library of any change of address, phone number, or email address.
  • Lost library cards should be reported immediately. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card until you report the card lost or stolen. Parents are responsible for materials borrowed by children 18 years and younger. A replacement card costs $1.00.
  • Waltham belongs to the Minuteman Library Network (MLN). A Waltham Public Library card is valid at all 41 MLN Libraries. Policies vary from library to library.

*Residents of cities and towns with libraries decertified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) may not obtain a library card or borrow items in Waltham. We take this action reluctantly. The Waltham Public Library Board of Trustees cannot ask Waltham taxpayers to make up for the refusal of other cities and towns to properly fund their libraries. Loss of service is one way to help decertified libraries build support to restore their budgets. This policy affects all individuals with a home address in an MBLC decertified municipality.

Loan Periods and Late Fines

Books, magazines & most other items can be checked out for three weeks at a time and can be renewed twice.

DVDs can be checked out for one week and can be renewed twice.

Reference materials and Waltham Room materials do not circulate.

Items with outstanding requests may not be renewed.

Overdue Items

  • Adult items - 10 cents per day per item.
  • Children's - 5 cents per day per item.
  • DVDs - 25 cents per day per item.
  • Museum Passes - 5 dollars per day per item.

Lost Items

  • The current replacement cost is charged.

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