Library - Using our Library

Our staff welcomes you to the Wolcott Public Library. We are here to assist you with your information needs. Please let us know how we can help you.

Borrowing Items
You must present your library card in order to borrow items. There is a $3.00 fee for replacing lost cards. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.

Videos and DVDs circulate for three days. New books, nonfiction books, audio-books, cassettes, recordings, compact discs, and periodicals circulate for fourteen days. Fiction books, art prints and vertical file clippings circulate for twenty-eight days. Reference materials and certain periodicals do not circulate and must be used in the library.

You may use the book drop and video drop to return items when the library is closed.

Renewals
All items (except videos and DVDs) may be renewed once, unless they are overdue or another patron has placed a reserve. Videos may not be renewed. You may renew by telephone by calling us at 879-8110. We will need your patron barcode number and your item barcode number.

Reserve
You may reserve books not currently available by filling out a reserve slip or by calling us at 879-8110. Reserves are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will hold reserved books for 36 hours after patrons have been notified.

Inter-Library Loans
You may request books which we do not own through the statewide interlibrary loan service. We may borrow books from other libraries for you. Most libraries do not loan new books which they have owned for less than six months. Interlibrary loans may be returned here, for delivery to the lending library.

Overdues
Fines for overdue materials are charged as follows:

  •  $1.00 per day per video ($9.00 per video maximum)
  •  $0.05 per day for all other items ($5.00 per item maximum)

Weekends and holidays are counted in the overdue period. Items returned in the book drop or video drop after closing time on the due date are late.

Patrons who owe $2.00 or more in fines or replacement fees may not borrow materials.

Parental Responsibilities
Parents must sign their minor childrens’ library registration forms, indicating that the parents are responsible for fines and replacement fees.

Because all patrons in good standing may borrow all circulating items, it is important for parents to know what their children are borrowing. The library staff may not prohibit children from borrowing specific items. We believe that each family must make its own guidelines regarding suitability of materials. Parents should decide what is appropriate for their own children.

Confidentiality of Patron Records
The library protects the privacy of patron records in accordance with the General Statutes of Connecticut, Section 11-25(b), which states “personally identifiable information contained in the circulation records of all public libraries shall be confidential.”