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.
FOUR WEEKS – Book Club in a Bag kits

DVD Policy

Patrons can check-out unlimited number of DVDs and DVDs can 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