Am I eligible for an eCard?

Register for an eCard, opens a new window if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Your primary residence is in Massachusetts.
  • You are living in Massachusetts for most of the year while attending school in-state.
  • You commute to a Massachusetts employer on a sustained and regular basis. (Your primary place of work.) Learn more.
  • You own property (real estate) in Massachusetts. Learn more.

Other Restrictions
If you are a short-term resident staying in Massachusetts you are not eligible for an eCard. However, you can visit any of our locations and apply for a research card in-person at the Central Library in Copley Square.

If you have any other card with the BPL, you are not eligible for an eCard (and don’t need one!)

Children under 13 years of age are ineligible for an eCard due to COPPA restrictions.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please email