203-272-2245 · 104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

Borrowing Information

Cheshire Public Library has established the following circulation guidelines.  These guidelines help ensure quality customer service & enable the library to practice non-discriminatory procedures, protect the privacy of patrons, and provide protection from misuse of patron cards by unauthorized persons.


How to Get a Card

Cheshire residents must present identification confirming street address when applying for a new card or updating a card.

Non-residents must present a valid hometown library card.

Your Account

Due to privacy law, staff can’t look up other accounts or family member’s accounts, except for a minor child.

When you login to your account, you will see a list of your current checkouts, holds, fines, and saved lists.

Adult Collection Loan Periods

1 week: New DVDs & Blu-rays, Quik Fliks*

2 weeks: New Adult Fiction, FastTrack Books*, DVDs & Blu-rays, Magazines

4 weeks: Fiction, New and Old Nonfiction, Audiobooks, CDs

6 weeks: Book Club Kits*

Items marked with * are not renewable.

Children's Collection Loan Periods

2 weeks: Nutmeg Books*

4 weeks: All other Children’s materials

Items marked with * are not renewable.

Other Loan Periods

3 Days: Museum Passes* (Cheshire residents only. Limit of 2 passes at a time. )

2 weeks: Mobile Hotspots (Cheshire residents only. Must be returned to front desk and not the book-drop or account will be charged $10.)

Items marked with * are not renewable.

Late Fees

Children: 5¢ per day

Adult: 15¢ per day

Museum Passes: $10.00 per day

Hotspots: $10.00 per day

Seniors (age 65+) are exempt from late fees except for Museum Passes & Hotspots


Holds put you on a list to receive an item. Once the item is available, it is set aside for FIVE (5) business days waiting for you to check it out.

Holds not checked out by the end of the 5 day period will be made available to other patrons on the hold list.

To place a hold, search for an item in our catalog and click the Request It button.

Library staff can also place a hold for you. Simply fill out the online form linked below, visit us in person, or call us at (203) 272-2245.

Holds are Self-Serve. Materials on hold are shelved in a self-service location on the main level for patrons to pick up directly.

To protect patron privacy, items are shelved alphabetically using a unique code: the first 4 letters of your last name, plus the last 4 digits of your library card number. Example: SMIT6789. AV material (DVDs, CDs) are shelved separately to prevent damage and are also located in this self-serve location.

After picking up your hold, you may check out your materials using our Self Checkout stations, or wait in line at the desk for a librarian to check you out.


Items eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed up to TWO (2) times provided they are not:

  • On hold for another patron
  • Designated as non-renewable (see chart above)
  • Interlibrary Loan items
  • Downloadable items

Downloadable Collection


  • Checkouts: 10 eBooks and 10 audiobooks at once (for a total of 20 items)
  • Holds: 30 eBooks and 30 audiobooks at once
  • Renewals: 1 if there are no holds. Items renew for 7 days.
  • Loan period: 10-21 days for eBooks and audiobooks; Magazines do not expire.

Overdrive · Libby

  • Checkouts: 10 items at a time
  • Holds: 10 items at a time
  • Renewals: 1 if there are no holds
  • Loan period: 21 days

Need Help? Try our Download Help page or call (203) 272-2245.

Interlibrary Loan

An interlibrary Loan (ILL) transaction is a request to borrow material not owned by Cheshire Public Library or held by any member library in the consortium to which the library belongs. This service is available to Cheshire cardholders.

For Interlibrary Loan Requests, please contact us at:
203-272-2245 x 33016