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How do I get a New Canaan Library card?

New Canaan residents need only bring a photo ID with a current New Canaan address. If your photo ID does not reflect your current New Canaan address, you must bring official proof of residency such a lease, rental or mortgage agreement, utility bill, car registration, or bank statement.  Library cards are valid for three years and may be renewed with proof of residency.

How many items can I check out at one time?

There is no limit to the number of physical items that a member may check out.  The number of electronic items you may check out monthly is limited by each provider we offer. Further details regarding our electronic offerings can be found on our homepage under “Digital Library.”

How long can I check out items?

  • Books, magazines, audiobooks, and music CDs may be checked out for three weeks.
  • Adult feature film DVDs may be checked out for three days.
  • Documentary, TV series, children’s and Family Movie Cart DVDs may be checked out for one week.
  • Board games are not currently available.
  • Museum passes may be checked out for one week.
  • The checkout policy for electronic material varies by provider.

Are fines charged for items returned late?

  • The fine for adult books, magazines, audiobooks, and music CDs is $0.20/day.
  • The fine for children’s books, magazines, audiobooks and music CDS is $0.10/day.
  • The fine for adult feature film, documentary, and TV series DVDs is $1.00/day.
  • The fine for children’s feature film, documentary and TV series DVDs is $0.50/day.
  • The fine for board games is $1.00/day.
  • The fine for museum passes is $5.00/day.
  • There are no fines for electronic material as it automatically returned at end of loan period.

Lost or damaged items will incur a replacement charge. Items will be assessed on a case-by-case basis; please contact a staff member for resolution.

Can I use my card from another library to check out material at New Canaan Library?

Yes, all Connecticut libraries have reciprocal borrowing privileges. All you need to do is bring your up-to-date library card and a photo ID for us to register you at our Library. Unfortunately, you cannot check out material using an out of state library card.  However, you may purchase a one year membership to New Canaan Library for $155 annually. Electronic material (i.e. ebooks, streaming video, research databases) is exclusive to an individual library’s collection and may only be used by members of that library.

Do I need a library card to use the Library’s facilities or resources?

No, we welcome all individuals regardless of whether you have a library card or not.  Borrowing material does require a library card.