Cards & Borrowing

Applying for a Library Card

  • A photo ID with current address (for adults) or a piece of mail (utility bill, etc.) showing a current address in our service area must be presented at time of registration.
  • Your library card may be used to borrow on the day it is issued. A new card has a 3 item borrowing limit.
  • Once you return your books the first time, the borrowing limit will increase to 50 items.

You can apply for an adult library card online here.

You can apply for a juvenile library card online here.

Your New Library Card

Your library card may be used at any public library in the New York State counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington (libraries that are members of the SALS and MVLS library systems).

Please remember to:

  • Sign your library card
  • Bring your card each time you visit
  • Report a lost or stolen card at once
  • Inform us of any changes to the following: name, address, phone number and email address

Loan Limits Per Card

All new borrowers are limited to 3 items for their first check out. Once you have successfully returned these items your limits are:

  • 5 DVDs per card
  • 2 New/Popular books per card
  • 50 total items per card

Loan Periods

  • Most Books, Children’s Books – 28 Days
  • New and Popular Books and Magazines – 14 Days
  • Music CDs – 14 Days
  • Audio Books – 28 Days
  • DVDs, Children and Adult – 14 Days
  • Children’s Audio Books and Music – 28 Days


You may request renewals of your library materials either online, in person at the Circulation Desk, or by phone. Please remember that an item cannot be renewed if there are other patrons waiting for it.

Overdue Fines and Other Charges

  • As of January, 2016 the Greenwich Free Library no longer charges late fines for any items checked in at our library.
  • Lost or damaged items will incur a replacement fee.
  • Fine/fee status does not affect patrons’ ability to use our public computers.


Hold requests can be placed online or with librarians at the Circulation Desk. Held materials can only be picked up using the card that was used to place the hold.

Returning Materials When the Library Is Closed

There are return items drop boxes at the front and rear entrances. They are open 24/7, including days the library is closed. You may also return library materials to any of the member libraries of the SALS and MVLS systems.