Library Card


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 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 Restrictions
Adutl & Teen Materials      
Books & Audiobooks 21 Days .10/Day 10 audiobooks per person
Magazines 21 Days .10/Day Current issue cannot be borrowed
CDs 21Days .10/Day 10 per person
DVDs 7 Days .50/Day 10 per person
Interlibrary Loans varies   Meriden residents only

Children’s Materials

Books & All Audio 21 Days .05/Day 10 audiobooks per person

May limit books on specific themes

Thematic Kits 21 Days 1.00/Day 1 per person

Check out & return to Children’s Room

Launchpads 21 Days 1.00/Day 1 per person

Check out & return to Children’s Room

DVDs 7 Days .50/Day 10 per person
Museum Passes 2 Days 10.00/Day  


Waiving Fines

When you waive fines, please explain that it is a one-time waiver, so they know that waiving fines is an exception. Also, please add a note to the patron’s record, “Fines of $ were waived. Date. MPL and your initials”


Patrons cannot pay for a replacement with a partial payment.

If there is a hardship, we can decrease the replacement cost to the lower B&T price in the item record. See a supervisor to do this.

The cost to replace a museum pass depends on the pass.

Blocked Cards

If the patron owes $10.00 or more, he cannot charge out any items.


Special Charges

Replacement Library Card: $1.00
Damaged Item: Cost depends on item
Missing or damaged CD cases: $2.00
Missing or damaged DVD cases: $3.OO


Copies: $.15/B&W or $.50/Color
Computer Printing: $.15/B&W or $.25/Color
FAX: $1.00 per page
Microfilm: $.25/page

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 9/2019

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