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Borrow

To borrow materials from Storrs Library, you must have a valid Storrs Library or C/WMARS System card. You must have your card with you to borrow materials, and your account must be in good standing.

Loan Periods

  • Adult New Fiction and New Nonfiction, 14 days
  • Fiction and Nonfiction, 21 days
  • Periodicals, 7 days
  • Compact Discs, 21 days
  • Books on CD, 21 days
  • DVDs, 7 days
  • Multimedia Kits, 14 days
  • Museum and Park Passes, 2 days
  • E-readers, 21 days

Circulation Limits

Patrons are welcome to take out up to 50 items system-wide. System-wide circulation of certain item types is limited as follows:

  • DVDs, 20 per card
  • Books on CD, 20 per card
  • Compact Discs, 20 per card

Borrowed items may be returned to the library’s brown Book Return Bins located past our Main Entrance on the left side of the driveway, or to any member library of the C/WMARS System.

Renewals

All items, except multimedia, electronic devices, museum and park passes, and certain Interlibrary Loan materials, will automatically renew once through the CWMARS network provided there are no outstanding requests for the item.  Renewal periods are:

  • Adult New Fiction and New nonfiction, 14 days
  • All Fiction and Nonfiction, 21 days
  • All Books on CD, 21 days
  • All Compact Discs, 21 days
  • All DVDs, 7 days

Holds

Many items may be reserved online or at the Reference Desk or Children’s Services Information Desk.  When your HOLD is ready, you will receive an email, text or phone call.  Your item will remain on the Holds Shelves for one week.  The maximum number of holds on a patron’s record at one time is 20.  If you wish to have another person(s) pick up your holds, please download and fill out the Hold Pick Up Authorization Form and return to the library

Interlibrary Loan

If the item you are looking for is not owned by C/WMARS, it may be possible to get it from another library system through the library’s Interlibrary Loan service. Please inquire at a Reference Desk for help or click Commonwealth Catalog at the bottom of page when searching the catalog.

Requesting Materials

You may request materials for purchase that are not available through C/WMARS or Interlibrary Loan at the library or online.

Fines*

The Board of Trustees has decided to waive all overdue fines on materials owned by the Richard Salter Storrs Library until at least December 31, 2021.  If the Library materials are lost, patrons will continue to be billed for replacement costs.

Patrons who are sixty (60) years or older are considered senior citizens and are exempt from overdue fines.

CWMARS established fine rates for libraries charging fines are:

  • DVDs’ $1.00 per day per item to a maximum of $5.00
  • Books, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00
  • Paperbacks and Periodicals, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $1.00
  • Compact Discs, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00
  • Books on CD, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00
  • eReaders, $1.00 per day up to a maximum fine of $25.00

Replacement Fees

Materials lost or damaged will be assessed a replacement fee.  Refunds will be given upon the return of materials in good condition within 2 weeks of payment.

FINES AND FEES POLICY – A public library exists to serve the community and is based on the concept of sharing resources.  When one person violates that principle by retaining materials beyond the established limits, that person takes unfair advantage of the community as a whole.  Patrons are encouraged to follow lending loan periods and return materials on time.  Upon return of late items, you will not be charged fines, but may make a donation if you choose.

APPLICATION – This policy applies to Richard Salter Storrs owned materials only.  Materials borrowed via other libraries may still be subject to fines.

REPLACEMENT COST FOR MATERIAL (SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT)

  • Hardcover books  $20
  • Paperback books $10
  • Board books $10
  • Book packs $80
  • Big books $20
  • Magazines $5
  • Kits $40
  • Playaways $40
  • Launchpads $100
  • Kindles $50-$100,
  • ChromeBooks $200,
  • iPads $300
  • Museum Passes $100-$250
  • Audiobooks $30
  • Music CDs $15
  • DVDs $15.

Fines and Fees may be paid online or at the library.