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Library Patrons and Cards

The Stonington Free Library is open to the public and anyone can use our materials and services in the Library. If you live in the Town of Stonington, including Pawcatuck, Old Mystic, and the Stonington side of Mystic, we are your hometown library. Identification which shows you live in Stonington (driver's license, utility bill, lease, etc.) is required to get a Library card. Residents of other Connecticut towns may be entered in our system and borrow materials when they bring their hometown library card and identification with them. If you are not a resident of Stonington or Connecticut you may get a card to use at the Stonington Free Library for an annual fee of $25.00 (effective January 1, 2008).


Use of Other Libraries

Stonington residents who have a Stonington Free Library card may, through the ConnectiCard system, be allowed to borrow items from any other public library in the state. Borrowers must present their current Stonington Free Library card and some proof of identification (such as a driver's license) to borrow materials at another library. They will be subject to the rules and requirements of whatever library they borrow materials from. Books borrowed at other Connecticut libraries may be returned to the Stonington Free Library, and Stonington Free Library books may be returned at other Connecticut libraries. Stonington residents are eligible to obtain library cards at the Westerly Public Library in Westerly, Rhode Island.

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Borrowing Materials

Books and other library materials must be checked out at the main floor circulation desk. The length of time for which each type of library material may be borrowed is listed below:

  • Books, Audio Books, e-books, & Magazines (back issues) - 21 days
  • High Demand Books - 10 days
  • DVDs - 7 days
  • SWAP & FLIC DVDs (rotating collections) - 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) Click here to browse and borrow from our collection.

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Renewing & Placing Holds on Books

You may renew your books or place holds on books either in person, over the phone, or using the online Library Catalog and clicking on My Account. If you call us after hours and leave a message, please be sure to give us the cardholder's first and last name and phone number. In order to use My Account, you must have your library card number and PIN. Your PIN is a four-digit number created when you received your library card. If you do not have a PIN, please contact the library in order to create one.


Books, Audio Books, Magazines are charged 10¢ per day.
DVD's are charged $1 per day

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Library Catalog

The Stonington Free Library has an online catalog which you can access from home or on your mobile device. You can see if the Library owns an item, check whether the item is in, and even place a hold on the item. To place holds, to see what materials you have checked out, or to renew items online, you will need to have a PIN (Personal Identification Number); please contact the Library to create one. The Catalog can be accessed through the menu at the left or by clicking here .

This system was funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut. The remainder of the funding came from a bequest from one of our patrons and memorial donations. Thank you to everyone who made this system possible.

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Inter-Library Loans

Interlibrary Loan RequestThe Stonington Free Library borrows and lends materials throughout the State of Connecticut using a statewide catalog. This catalog is moving to a new provider and will be unavailable after July 1, 2015.
Patrons may request materials not owned by the Stonington Free Library. While the statewide catalog is unavailable, Inter Library Loan requests will continue. Please contact the Library by phone (860-535-0658),
email ( stonlib@stoningtonfreelibrary.org ), or in person with your request.

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The State of Connecticut has made available to you a rich array of electronic information databases and other electronic resources. These resources are available on researchitct.org. Access them from any public library or from home using your library card number. Please ask the Library staff if you would like assistance in using these resources.

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Lending Policies

Members of the Library in good standing (less that $5.00 owed in fines and no overdue or lost materials) may borrow Library materials and request materials from other Connecticut libraries (Inter-Library Loan). The date items are due are stamped on the items borrowed; you may also request a printed list from the Circulation Desk staff. Some items borrowed from other libraries may have different due dates.

Independent Book Groups that register with the Library may request multiple copies of books for their members. .

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