Fees & Fines


  • New card: no fee, but proof of address is required (photo ID, etc.)
  • Replacement card: $1.00
  • Overdue materials: $.10 per item per day (except videos and other Members Libraries Items.)


Books, magazines, and audio-visual material may be returned to any Metro Boston Library Network member library (Boston, Chelsea, and Malden). Only books and magazines may be returned in the Book Return. Borrowers will be charged for damage to any materials left in the Book Return.

Videocassettes, VCDs, DVDs, cassettes, books on tape/CD, music CDs, CD-ROMs, books with CD-ROM/DVD, and museum passes borrowed from Malden Public Library must be returned inside the library. Do not deposit these items into the Book Return.

Any audio-visual item deposited in the Book Return will incur a $5 fine per item.


  • Membership fee: $10.00
  • Overdue: $1.00 per day per video


Most Chelsea Public Library materials may be renewed two times. Chelsea DVD's may not be renewed. Books borrowed from MBLN member libraries may be renewed based on the individual library’s policies and if there are no reserve requests. Materials borrowed from outside of the MBLN Network may not be renewed. Inter-Library Loans through the Commonwealth Catalog have a loan date of 28 days and may not be renewed.

The system will auto-renew your items two times if there are no active holds on them in the system. If there is a hold, you need to return the materials.

Items will not be automatically renewed if you have accured fines in excess of $10.00.

Renew materials by:

Presenting your valid library card at the circulation desk at the library.

Calling an Automated Telephone Circulation System (TeleCirc) at 617-859-5908. Please have your library card and PIN on hand.

Log on here. Please have your library card and PIN number on hand.

PIN numbers are available at the information and circulation desks or by calling the library at 617 466 4350.