USING THE LIBRARY

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BORROWING POLICES

LIBRARY CARDS

LOCAL RESIDENTS

If you live or have property in the Town of Stonington, including Pawcatuck, Old Mystic, and the Stonington side of Mystic, we are your hometown library! Please come and get a library card with some proof of a residency (driver’s license, utility bill, lease, etc.). We give borrowing privileges to residents of other Connecticut towns, and Westerly, RI at no charge, just bring your hometown library card.

YOUTH CARDS

We encourage children to get a library card as soon as they’re ready. A parent or guardian serves as the responsible party on a child’s account.

OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS

If you don’t live in CT or Westerly, RI, you can purchase a temporary card to use at Stonington Free Library for an annual fee of $25.00.

LOAN PERIODS & OVERDUE FEES

LOAN PERIODS
  • Books, Audio Books, eBooks, & Magazines (back issues) – 21 days
  • High Demand Books – 10 days
  • DVDs, Playaway Views – 7 days
  • Reference Books, Local History & Magazines (current issue) – do not circulate
  • Staff Big Books – 21 days (school teachers only)
  • Kindles – 21 days
  • eBooks/eAudiobooks – 21 days (automatically returned)
  • Museum Passes – 2 days
FINES

Replacement costs are charged for lost/damaged items. Fines are automatically posted to your account for any items returned overdue.

  • Books, Audio Books, Magazines – 10¢ per day
  • DVDs, Kindles, Museum Passes & Playaway Views – $1 per day
BOOK DROP

Our outdoor book drop, located on the eastern side of the front door, is a convenient way to return what you’ve borrowed. All materials, with the exception of e-readers, can be returned in the outdoor drop.

RENEWALS & HOLDS

Renew your items or place holds on materials either in person, over the phone, or through your online account.

To use My Account, you’ll need your library card number and PIN (a four-digit number created when you received your library card). If you do not have a PIN, contact the Library and we’ll help you create one.

A/V EQUIPMENT & E-READERS

KINDLES

Come and check out one of our e-readers! Many eBooks and apps are preloaded on our Kindles. If you are interested in a book or app not already loaded, submit your request to library staff.

SFL cardholders over 18 and in good standing (no fines over $5 and up-to-date contact information) can check-out the Kindles. If you’re under 18 and interested in borrowing a Kindle, simply bring your parent or guardian for authorization. E-readers may be borrowed for 21 days. Please return them in person, not in the outdoor drop.

PROJECTOR

In need of a portable projector? We have one for lending! Simply contact us via phone or email to borrow.


USE OF OTHER LIBRARIES

CONNECTICUT

Stonington residents who have a Stonington Free Library card may borrow items from any public library in CT, through the statewide borrowIT CT program.

Simply present your SFL card to borrow materials at another library. Also, items borrowed at another CT library can be returned to SFL and vice versa thanks to a statewide delivery system, deliverIT CT.

Looking for something (a book, movie, audiobook, etc.) not in our collection? We can request it from another CT library for you! With a valid Stonington Free Library card, you can request items through the interlibrary loan system. Contact us in person, by phone or email to place a request. When your item arrives, we’ll contact you!

RHODE ISLAND

As a Stonington resident you can also get a Westerly Public Library card in Westerly, Rhode Island. A form of identification showing your Stonington address is necessary to obtain a Westerly card.