Notary services are available during normal business hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments can be made online below, or by calling the reference desk at 978-623-8400. Notary appointments on nights and weekends are not always guaranteed. We cannot accommodate same-day appointments.
Notary service is limited to 5 stamps per appointment, one appointment per week.
A valid, government-issued photo identification is required of any individual seeking signature witnessing or signature affidavits by a notary.
Massachusetts driver’s license or non-driver's identification
Driver’s license or non-driver's ID from a foreign country or another U.S. state
U.S. passport or a foreign passport with appropriate visa stamps
An Identification card issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - also known as a resident card or “green card.”
Bring the document(s) UNSIGNED and UNDATED to your notary appointment.
All signers must be present at the time of notarizing.
If the document requires a witness(es), he/she/they must be present. Library staff will not be witnesses, and witnesses may not be solicited from library patrons.
The notary is merely stating that he/she/they has/have witnessed the document being signed.
The document must contain the appropriate notarial statement or clause, otherwise, one will be attached to the document by the notary. Staff notaries will not notarize any document with blank spaces, and are prohibited from helping you to prepare, complete, or understand legal documents.
Staff will not notarize documents that are written in a language that they do not read or understand.
Notary service is not available for real estate documents, deeds, mortgages, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils, depositions, or documents pertaining to official Town business. These documents are best handled at law or real estate offices.
Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized as being “official/certified” documents. Examples of these are birth, marriage, and death certificates. These “certified/official” documents—with appropriate Town Seal—should be obtained from a Town Clerk’s office.
Staff notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law, may not give any legal advice, and may not accept fees for legal advice.
Massachusetts law requires that a notary, and the person seeking notarization, be able to communicate directly with each other.
In accordance with Massachusetts notarial law, notaries will not provide service if the individual making the request, the document, or the circumstances of the request for notary service raises any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty. In any of these events, the notary may, at his/her/their sole discretion, decline to provide notary service.