Circulation Policies

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Circulation Policy


Library Card Registration

Any person principally domiciled in East Hampton is eligible for a free library card.  Resident cards expire every three years and may be renewed.

It is the patron’s responsibility to inform the library in their card has been lost or stolen.  Replacement cards are issued for a $2.00 fee. 

Patrons are responsible for any material checked out on their card.  Borrowing privileges may be suspended or lost if items are overdue or excessive fines or fees accrue.


Library Cards for Adults

To apply for a library card, adults must show a valid Connecticut driver’s license or photo ID documenting their current residential address in East Hampton. If the license or photo ID is not current or does not state the applicant’s East Hampton address, the resident must supply alternative proof of residence. The following are acceptable:

  • Town tax statement
  • Current vehicle registration.
  • Current lease agreement or mortgage document.
  • Current utility bill dated within the last 30 days.


Library Cards for Children 18 Years of Age and Under

Any child of an East Hampton resident is eligible for East Hampton library card. Parents or legal guardians of people under 18 are responsible for any outstanding fines, bills or overdue material on the child’s library card. The library therefore requires that the parent or legal guardian already have a valid card and be present when a person under 18 applies for a library card.


Temporary Cards

The library may, at its discretion, issue temporary cards to out-of-state residents residing in East Hampton, with proof of local rental or lease, length of stay, and a valid out-of-state driver’s license.  Temporary cards will be limited to checking out 10 items at a time.

In-state residents who temporarily reside in East Hampton will be considered non-resident borrowers and must use their hometown library card.


Loan Periods, Limits, Renewals and Fines

In general, library items may be borrowed for a period of 3, 7, 14 or 28 days as determined by the Library Director.  Most items may be renewed once if there is not a waiting list for the title. 

Local history and reference materials do not circulate.  An exception may be granted with prior permission from the Library Director.

The Library Director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials which are temporarily in great demand (such as student projects) or materials added to the collection in a new format. 

 All current library cardholders may have a maximum of 100 items charged to a current account, per the Libraries Online (LION) Consortium standards.

Patrons will be charged $.10 per day for overdue books, periodicals and audiobooks.  Patrons will be charged $1.00 per day for overdue DVDs, video games or museum passes.  The maximum overdue fine to be accrued on any one item is $10.00. 

Loan Periods

All East Hampton items are loaned for 28 days with the following exceptions:

Material Type Loan Period
New Adult Books and Lucky Day Books 14 Days
DVDs, BluRay, TV Series and Video Games 7 Days
Magazines 14 Days
Museum Passes 3 Days

Please remember that other LION libraries may have different loan periods.  

Check exactly when your books are due by logging into your account with your library card number and last name.  Or call us at 860-267-6621.



All items can be renewed for two additional loan periods, as long as there is not another patron waiting for the item.  If you need more time with an item, please call us.  The only items that cannot be renewed are Lucky Day Books and Movies.

The library has recently implemented automatic renewals.  Please read more about these renewals here.  

Renew your books online by logging into your account with your library card number and last name.  Or call us at 860-267-6621.


Late Fees

All library items accrue late fees of $.10 per day with the exception of DVDs, BluRays and TV series which accrue at $1.00 per day.  Late fees are capped at $10.00 per item.  

Pay off your fine online with a credit card by logging into your account with your library card number and last name.  Or call us at 860-267-6621.

If you can’t pay your late fee, please come talk to us.  We’re always willing to work with you.  We want you to use and enjoy your library.



Patrons may request up to 100 items from other LION libraries.  East Hampton receives delivery from other LION libraries twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Once an item arrives in East Hampton you will have one week to pick it up.

Place something on hold by logging into your account with your library card number and last name.  Or call us at 860-267-6621.


Lost, Damaged or Billed Items

Patrons are billed for items that are over 28 days late.  Once the item is returned, the bill is taken off of the card and all that remains is a late fee.  

If an item is returned in such condition that we cannot lend it to another patron, you may be billed for that item. 

We do not accept replacement items for lost or damaged items.

If you are being billed for a lost or damaged item and you cannot pay, please come talk to us.  It’s never as bad as you think it is and we’re always willing to work with you.  We want you to use and enjoy your library.  

Interlibrary Loan

 Interlibrary loan requests are defined as a hold on a material not available owned by the East Hampton Public Library or other Libraries Online (LION) Consortium Library. Patrons may place an interlibrary loan by speaking with a staff member and filling out the Library’s Interlibrary Loan Request Form. 

Individual patrons may have up to 5 active requests at any one time.

The East Hampton Public Library does not:

  • Request a title which is owned by the East Hampton Public Library or another LION Library unless the title is:
    • Lost and has not yet been replaced; or,
    • Focus of a book discussion, library or other group-sponsored.
  • Request items from outside of Connecticut.

Renewals are at the discretion of the lender and materials may be recalled by the lender without notice.


(Approved by the Library Advisory Board 12/4/17. Approved by the Town Council 12/12/17)


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