Manchester, Connecticut

Library Card / Loan Periods / Returns and Overdues

How to get a Library card:

Any resident of Manchester may get a free card to borrow materials.  You will need to show a photo ID and proof of Manchester residence (a piece of mail sent to you recently works well, like a utility bill).  You must have your library card with you EVERY TIME you want to borrow materials from the library or use an Internet computer at the library.  Children must have a parent's or legal guardian's signature (and the parent/guardian must show photo ID) to obtain a library card.  There is a $1.00 replacement fee for a lost library card.

Loan Periods:

Books:  3 weeks
Unless a book has been reserved by someone else, it can usually be renewed twice by taking it to the library or by renewing online (see Visit the Library from Home for instructions).  Items may not be renewed over the phone.  There is generally no limit on the number of books you may borrow; however, you may borrow no more than 10 books from the "NEW" adult fiction section, and library staff reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed from the same subject area. eBooks can be borrowed for up to 21 days.

Magazines:  3 weeks
There is no limit on the number of magazines you may borrow. 

"Feature film" and Children's videocassettes and DVDs:  1 week
They are due 1 hour before closing time on the due date.  You may borrow a maximum of 25 TOTAL 'regular' DVDs and Blu-Ray DVDs.

Non-fiction videos:  3 weeks
These are travel, gardening, fitness, documentaries etc. with a Dewey Decimal call number.  There is no limit to the number of non-fiction videos you may borrow.

Music on CD or cassette:  3 weeks
12 per card.

Returns / Overdues:

When the library is closed, all materials except Museum Passes can be returned in the book return deposit boxes located outside each Manchester library building.

Overdue fees are charged if items are returned after closing time on the date they are due.


  • All adult items: 15 cents per item per day overdue.
  • All children's items, except videocassettes and DVDs:  1 cent per item per day overdue.
  • Children's  videocassettes and DVDs:  15 cents per item per day overdue.
  • Items that are lost or damaged will be charged a replacement cost plus a processing fee up to $5.00.