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Borrowing Policies

Interlibrary Loan  | Fines & Fees  |  Loan Periods

 

InterLibrary Loan

The Ferguson Library can order materials for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if we do not own them. If the material is of a new and/or popular nature that fits into our collections, we will consider purchase. See below for link to request form.

 

Interlibrary Loan Info:

  • You need a valid library card
  • You must be a Stamford resident
  • It takes an average of 2 to 6 weeks to get a book or magazine article
  • It takes an average of 3 weeks to get census microfilm (consult Federal Population Census Internet site or our 2nd Floor Reference Desk)
  • It is usually a free service but you will be asked to set a fee limit should the lending library charge us
  • ILL requests can be placed at the Information Desks at the Main Library or Harry Bennett Branch.
  • ILL requests can also be taken over the phone by calling 203 351-8221, 8222,
    8231 or 8234 at Main, 203 351-8292 at Harry Bennettor 8286 at the Weed Branch.
  • You can also request ILL online. Books and Periodicals
  • Due date is set by the lending library.
  • For renewal, call 203 351-8237 at least four days prior to due date.
  • Once notified of ILL material arrival, failure to pick up material will result in a $1 fine.
  • Overdue fine is 25c a day.
  • Replacement cost for lost book is $25 or as set by the lending library.



Questions? Email interlibloan@fergusonlibrary.org.



If you can't wait for your material, you have the option of visiting another library. We will assist you in locating the material.

Fines & Fees -
Per Day Per Item:

  • Adult Material 20¢
  • Children's Material 10¢
  • Express Books $1.00
  • Videos & DVDs $1.00
  • Juvenile & Teen Videos & DVDs $1.00
  • Express DVDs  $2.00
  • Learning Kits To Go $1.00
  • Interlibrary Loan 25¢
  • Museum Passes $2.00
  • eReaders  $2.00

 


 

Loan Periods


Book Loan Periods:

Most books may be borrowed for 3 weeks with 2 renewals.  
Except:

  • Express Books - 7 days (These are additional copies of new books that are in very high demand. Sorry, but there are no reserves or renewals on Express Books.
  • New Books - 3 weeks. One renewal if there is no one waiting for the title.  No extended loan.

 

Audio Visual and Other Non-book Materials:

DVDs

New Titles – Feature & Non-Feature DVDs**

  • No Limit
  •  Circulate for 4 days with one renewal if there is no one waiting
  • No extended loan


Regular Titles

Feature DVDs

  •    No Limit
  •    Circulate for 4 days with two renewals if there is no one waiting
  •   No extended loan

Non-feature DVDs

  •  No Limit
  •  Circulate for 7 days with two renewals if there is no one waiting
  •  No extended loan


Express DVDs

  •  Limited to 3 titles
  •  Circulate for 1 day
  • No renewals

Museum Passes

  •  1 week
  •  No renewals

eReaders

  •   3 weeks
  •   1 renewal


Reserves

  • Reserves may be placed on any titles in DVD format except Express titles. Reserves at South End or the Bookmobile must be picked up at those locations.
  •  DVD reserves will be held at the Borrowers Services Desk for 4 days.


 **Non-feature DVDs include documentaries and TV series.
Note:  A 17-year-old who presents acceptable proof of age may borrow R-rated titles. 

 

Audiobooks & CDs

  • No limit
  • 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no holds waiting

 

Language Kits

  • One set per person for 3 weeks
  • Two renewals

 

Circulating Magazines

  • No limit
  • 1 week
  • No renewals

 

Learning Kits To Go

  • One kit for 3 weeks with two renewals

 

Please Note:

  • There are no renewals for items on request by other library users.
  • All materials may be returned to any Ferguson Library location, with these exceptions: Interlibrary Loan materials may not be returned to the South End Branch or Bookmobile; Learning Kits To Go must be returned to the Main Library.
  • Books, audiobooks and DVDs (except for Interlibrary Loan items) may be returned to any public library in Connecticut; however, you are responsible for the materials until they arrive back at the location where they were borrowed.