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.
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.
|Items||Loan Period||Renewals*||Holds*||Adult Collection||Children, YA Collection
|Books||4 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|New Fiction||2 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|FastTrack Books||2 weeks||No||No||$0.15 per day|
|Nutmeg Books||2 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.05 per day|
|Large Print||4 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day|
|Book Club Kits||6 weeks||No||No||$0.15 per day|
|Audiobooks||4 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|CDs||4 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|DVDs & Blurays||2 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|New DVDs & Blurays||1 week||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day||$0.05 per day|
|Quik Fliks||1 week||No||No||$0.15 per day|
|Binge Boxes||2 weeks||No||No||$0.15 per day|
|Magazines||2 weeks||Yes||Yes||$0.15 per day|
|Mobile Hotspots||2 weeks||Yes||Yes||$10.00 per day|
|Cheshire residents only.
Must be returned to the front desk or account will be charged $10.
|Museum Passes||3 days||No||No||$10.00 per day|
|Cheshire residents only.
Limit of 2 passes at once.
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
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.