Loans & Fees

Visit My Account to keep track of your loans, renew items, and place holds—online!

Get a Library Card

To get a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card, just bring in your Driver’s License (or other identification) showing your Berlin, East Berlin, or Kensington address. If your current address is not on your license, please bring in a lease, car registration, or utility bill showing your name and address.

Library cards expire after 3 years. Renew for free—just bring in your identification so we can double-check your address!

Library Card Policy
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Lost/Stolen Cards

There is a $1 charge for a replacement library card if it is lost or stolen. A replacement card will not be issued to anyone with outstanding fines. If your library card has expired, we will give you a new one for free.

If you suspect your card has been stolen, notify the library immediately so that we can issue you a new library card number.

Children’s Cards

You’re never too young for a library card! Children must have a parent’s signature on the application form and one piece of parent’s identification with home address. Children entering grade 7 may request an adult library card.

Cards for Local Businesses

Local businesses are eligible for their own library card, with access to the library’s online services, databases, and downloadables. Physical items like books and DVDs cannot be borrowed with a business library card.

Not a Berlin Resident?

We lend to anyone with a current Connecticut library card!

  • Visit your home library to get your library card.
  • If your home library belongs to the Library Connection Inc. (LCI) consortium, you can use your card immediately.
  • If you belong to another Connecticut library, we just need to add you to our system. Please visit the Circulation Desk with your library card and driver’s license with your current address.

We can provide digital materials (ebooks, audiobooks, etc.) and other online databases only to patrons with a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card.

Limits & Late Fees

Late fees will never go above $5.00 per item—excluding museum passes (up to $50.00) and Wi-Fi HotSpots (up to $80.00).

Cards with $10.00 or more in fines will be restricted from borrowing library materials or using public computers. You can pay fines above $5.00 with credit/debit online by visiting My Account.

Loan Periods and Limits Policy
Returns Policy
Fines Policy

As of January 2, 2019, we no longer issue past due fines for the following:

  • Children’s materials
  • Seniors age 62 and above (see exceptions below)

The following items will still accrue late fees for all patrons regardless of age:

  • Quick Loan Movies
  • Wi-Fi HotSpots
  • Video games
  • Items in the Library of Things
  • Replacement costs for lost or damaged items
  • Adult, teen, or general materials borrowed with a child’s card
Loan Period Late Fee Limits
Books 3 weeks $0.15 per day
Magazines
Audiobooks
Non-fiction DVDs
Music CDs
Children’s Materials 3 weeks No fines
Children’s DVDs 1 week No fines
Quick Loan Movies 3 days $1.00 per day No holds
Cannot be renewed
No exceptions for seniors/children
Must return to Berlin-Peck
New Blu-Rays/DVDs 1 week $1.00 per day Cannot be renewed
Blu-Rays/DVDs 1 week $0.50 per day
Video Games 1 week $1.00 per day Cannot be renewed
3 per card
Returnable Museum Passes 12:00 noon the next day $10.00 per day 4 per family per month
Printable Museum Passes No need to return No fines 4 per family per month

 

Items in the Library of Things collection have the following additional restrictions:

  • Must be picked up at Berlin-Peck
  • Must be returned to Berlin-Peck
  • Cannot be returned in the book-drop
  • Berlin-Peck patrons may place holds
Loan Period Renewals Late Fee Limits Additional Fines
Wi-Fi HotSpots 2 weeks No renewals $10 per day
Max $80
Berlin patrons only
Adults only
Once per household per 60 days
Book drop: $25
Happy Lights
Light Pad
1 week 1 renewal $1 per day
Max $10
Book drop: $10
Engraver Pens Book drop: $5
Cake Pans Book drop: $5
Uncleaned: $5
Binge Box 1 week 2 renewals $1 per day
Max $5
Responsible for any damage

Holds

Looking for an item that isn’t on the shelf at the moment, or even an item from another library? You can place a hold and we’ll let you know when it arrives. Holds take about a week to arrive. To place a hold, log in to the catalog, stop by the desk, or call (860) 828-7126. There is no charge to place a hold.

If we have your email address in our system, we’ll send you a notice when your item is available for pickup—otherwise, we’ll give you a call. We keep items on hold for one week.

Renewals

Not finished yet? Most items can be renewed! Just visit My Account, stop by the desk, or call (860) 828-7125.

A few restrictions:

  • Some items (like new movies) cannot be renewed.
  • Items cannot be renewed more than twice.
  • Items cannot be renewed if another patron has a hold on that item.

Renewals Policy

Inter-Library Loans

Connecticut’s BorrowIT service allows us to share our materials with libraries all over the state! Items available from other libraries in our consortium, Library Connections Inc. (LCI), can be found and easily reserved using Berlin-Peck’s online catalog. To reserve items that are not available from any libraries in our catalog, call (860) 828-7126 or visit the desk. In most cases, you’ll be able to pick up your items here at Berlin-Peck.

Inter-library loans are treated like holds. If we have your email address in our system, we’ll send you a notice when your item is available for pickup—otherwise, we’ll give you a call. We keep items on hold for one week.

You can also return our materials to any Connecticut library, or return materials from other libraries here (unless otherwise specified).

Inter-Library Loans Policy

Lost or Damaged Items

If an item is lost or damaged, you will be responsible for the replacement cost, but not the late fees. Items can be paid for with cash or check, and this money is non-refundable.

Replacement cost is calculated for items as:

  • In print: the list price of the item
  • Out of print: average list price for the type of material

Lost items may be paid for with cash or check. Fines above $5.00 may be paid by credit card online by logging in to your library account.

Bill for Replacement Policy