USING THE LIBRARY

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LIBRARY CARD

Sign Up for your Library Card HERE

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 proof of 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 CARD

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

  • 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 issues) – use in the library
  • Staff Big Books – 21 days (school teachers only)
  • Kindles – 21 days
  • eBooks/eAudiobooks – 21 days (automatically returned)
  • WiFi Hotspots – 14 days
  • Chromebooks – 14 days
  • Museum Passes – 2 days

FINES

Replacement costs are charged for lost or damaged items. The Library only charges overdue fines for circulating electronics.

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 electronics, can be returned in the outdoor drop.

MANAGING YOUR ACCOUNT

Place holds on materials or request to renew your items in person, over the phone, or through your online account. In most cases, books that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed in your account.

To access 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.

CHROMEBOOKS, WIFI HOTSPOTS, KINDLES

SFL cardholders over 18 and in good standing can borrow our electronic devices. Please return them in person, not in the outdoor drop.

IN NEED OF A PROJECTOR?

We have one for lending! Simply contact us via phone or email to borrow.

STATEWIDE borrowIT PROGRAM

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

Simply present your up-to-date SFL card to borrow materials at another library in 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!

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