Circulation Policy

Library Cards

Library cards are available free of charge to all adults and children. Stop by the library and present your driver’s license or another form of identification that includes your mailing address. Registration forms are available in the Children’s Room or at the main Circulation Desk. Your library card is valid for use at any Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) member library. Non-OCLN patrons must obtain an OCLN card to check out items.

Rules of Loan

  • OCLN network policy requires that users must have a library card in hand to check out materials at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library. Checking out items when library card is not present: Borrowers who wish to check out items but who have forgotten their library cards may do so by showing photo identification (state I.D., student I.D., etc.).
  • Borrowing privileges may be suspended at all OCLN libraries if overdue material fines and lost material fees are not paid.
  • Museum passes are available for Cohasset residents with valid library cards.

Loan Periods & Late Fees

Materials borrowed from another library may have different regulations. Non-OCLN materials borrowed via the Virtual Catalog have a loan period of 28 days with no renewals. Materials borrowed via Interlibrary Loan have a loan period of 14 days with no automatic renewals.
Items Loan Period
Fine Per Day
Books 2 Weeks
Magazines 1 Week
DVDs & Videos
1 Week $1
2 Weeks $0.05
Museum Passes
Varies $10

Renewal Policy

Most items can be renewed twice, except for videos, DVDs, new books and magazines, and items ON HOLD. Items borrowed from another library may have different renewal restrictions.

Lost Material

You will be assessed the replacement cost of material permanently lost or destroyed. The library does not issue refunds for lost items that have been paid for. The library does not accept replacement copies of lost items.

Lost Library Cards

You are responsible for all materials taken out on your card until the date it is reported lost. Please report your lost card immediately so that it can be cancelled. There is no charge for the first lost card replacement, subsequent replacement is $5 per card.


Library materials may be returned to the Paul Pratt Memorial Library Circulation Desk, exterior book drop return, or to any other OCLN library.

Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service allows you to borrow materials that are not available at our library or any other library in the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). For more information view our Interlibrary Loan Policy, contact our Reference Librarian at 781-383-1348 or by email. You can also make a request using the Article Request Form or the ILL Request Form.

Out-of-State Residents

Out-of-state residents visiting Cohasset for an extended period of time are encouraged to obtain a library card. All that is required is a local address and phone number as well as your driver's license or other form of picture identification that includes your permanent address.

Privacy Rights

By state law, the borrowing records of all library patrons are private. Public libraries may not disclose records which reveal a patron’s borrowing information to governmental or civilian inquiries. This policy applies to all patrons including minors, regardless of whether the parent is paying the fines on overdue materials or has signed a child’s library card. Please view our Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records, with Procedures.

Homebound Service

Do you love to read but are unable to come to the library due to an illness or disability? A volunteer from the Friends of the Cohasset Library will be pleased to visit you at your residence to take your requests for library materials. Selections will be delivered to you and picked up and returned to the library on a regular schedule. For further information please telephone the library at 781 383 -1348 and speak to the Reference Librarian.

Deposit Collections

The Paul Pratt Memorial Library makes available educational resources to support the Cohasset schools’ curriculum. Deposit collections or “teacher loans” of books and other library resources from our collection may be borrowed for extended periods of time for use within the classroom. Upon request, the library also provides reserve collections of subject materials for student use at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library when the actual materials on any specific subject are limited. 

Book Discussion Kits

“Ready Reads”, sets of 10 paperback copies of popular books accompanied by reading discussion guides, can be borrowed by local book clubs. Books are checked out to individual members of the group and circulate for 4 weeks. Group leaders may reserve a set by speaking with the Reference Librarian.

Adopted by the Paul Pratt Memorial Library Board of Trustees, June 10, 2008, revised May 12, 2009