Library Card

GET YOUR LIBRARY CARD TODAY!

All Meriden residents can apply for a library card.  Adults require one form of identification showing name and present address. Children require one form of identification showing name (social security card, birth certificate, medical card).

Meriden Public Library Card Registration Form (PDF)

Biblioteca Publica de Meriden Registracion (PDF)

Library Card Holder Information

  • Applicants must present a valid Connecticut Driver's License or ID or both a photo ID and verification of home address.
  • Library card holder is responsible for everything checked out on his or her card.
  • There is no charge for the first library card.  Replacement card cost is $1.00
  • The Library card holder must make sure items are returned on or before the due date or pay the resulting overdue fines.
  • Items can be renewed as long as there are no holds or fees on the item, and the Library card holder has no fines.
  • The Library card holder cannot check out materials if he or she has overdue items or has any outstanding fines or fees of $5 or more.  Individuals  may continue to check out items when a zero balance is reached.  Payments can be made by cash, check, or debit/credit card.

Fines and Fees 

  • Lost items are charged the Library's cost to replace the item.
  • Materials not reparable and/or not in usable condition are charged as a damaged item. The Library will retain the item.
  • If a person damages or tries to steal library materials, library equipment or property, the person or the parents/guardian will be charged the replacement cost of the item plus the processing fee. The person will not be able to keep the item. The Police may take additional action, as vandalism and theft are considered crimes.

Refunds

Refunds for lost items are granted within 6 months from the due date of the item under the following conditions:

  • Item returned is in good condition as determined by Library staff.
  • The overdue fine or processing fee, whichever is greater, is deducted from the amount to be refunded.

NOTE:  The library does not take replacements for lost or damaged items.

Fines and Fees Schedule

CIRCULATING MATERIALS

LOAN PERIOD

DAILY FINE

LIMIT or RESTRICTIONS

Adult & Young Adult  Fiction

21 Days

.10/Day

 
Adult & Young Adult Non-Fiction

21 Days

.10/Day

 
Adult & Young Adult Paperback

21 Days

.10/Day

 
Express Books

14 Days

.25/Day

2 per person

Interlibrary Loan

varies

  Limited to Meriden Patrons only

Magazines

21 Days

.10/Day

All but current can be borrowed

Children’s Book

21 Days

.05/Day

May Limit books during the school year on certain school projects or themes.

Children’s Audio book

21 Days

.05/Day

10 per person

Children's Paperback

21 Days

.05/Day

 
Children’s Thematic Kits

21 Days

1.00/Day

Must be checked out and returned in person in the Children’s Library

Playaways

21 Days

1.00 Day

3 per person

DVD’s (Feature Films)

1 week

.50/Day

10  per person

DVD’S (Non-Fiction)

1 week

.50/Day

10  per person

Audio books

21 Days

.10/Day

10 per person

CD’s

21 Days

.10/Day

10 per person

 Other Miscellaneous Charges

• Replacement Library Card: $1.00
• Lost Item: Replacement charge/ varies
• Damaged Item: Cost determined by staff
• Missing Item Barcode: $.25
• Missing or damaged DVD case $3.00
• Missing or damaged cd case $2.00
• Missing Title Cover Page cd/dvd case $1.00
• Photocopies: $.15 per page / Color photocopies: $.50 per page
• Computer Printing: $.15 per page for b&w copies /$.25 per page for color copies
• Microfilm $.25 /per page
• Lost Museum Pass/ Cost of the pass varies from $50-$200 depending on which pass
• Returned Check / Bank Charge

Updated 9/17

Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Main Number 203.238.2344 Fax 203.238.3647