Lending Policy

Library Card Registration

To borrow books and other materials, all that is needed is a valid hometown library card. Southbury cards are available to residents 5 years old or older with proof of Southbury residency. Parents are responsible for their children’s choice of reading material. Non-residents may use their valid library card from their hometown. If you forget your library card, then proof of identification, i.e. driver’s license, will be accepted to borrow materials. Library cards expire every three years from the date of issue. To renew your card, bring it to Adult or Children’s Circulation Desk.

Check-out periods

THREE DAYS – Museum passes. One pass per Southbury household at a time, no renewal and a fine of $2.00  per day for late returns.
TWO WEEKS – E-Readers: Kindle & Nook, Southbury residents only, no renewals. E-Readers have books preloaded for everyone to read. No other books may be downloaded. There will be a charge for ebook titles downloaded by a patron. There is a fine of $2 per day for late returns with no maximum.
TWO WEEKS – New fiction, new nonfiction, magazines
THREE WEEKS – All other materials.

Changes to State-Wide Interlibrary Loan System (reQuest)

Due to budget cuts the State Library will shut down the state-wide interlibrary loan system (reQuest) on June 30, 2015. Due to the State Library’s decision the Southbury Public Library will stop using reQuest beginning May 11 until a new system is in place. The state library is in the process of selecting a new system that will replace reQuest which will be available sometime in the Fall of 2015.

The Southbury Public Library will continue to try to fulfill patrons’ interlibrary loan requests through Bibliomation. However, the waiting period might take longer and availability of materials will be reduced. For materials not found in Bibliomation we ask that patrons either come in or call the Reference Department to submit a request.

The Southbury Library apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the State Library’s decision. An announcement will be made when the State Library’s new Interlibrary Loan system is up and running in the Fall.

New DVD Policy

Patrons can now check-out unlimited number of DVDs and DVDs can now be placed on hold.
Borrowing Period: 1 Week for Movie DVDs
                                  2 weeks for Adult Nonfiction DVDs
Fines: $1.00 per DVD per day with a maximum fine of $10 per DVD
Replacement Costs: $25.00 for DVDs, $5.00 for case replacement, multi-discs will be retail cost.
Patrons must be 18 years and older to check out DVDs