Frequently Asked Questions


The mission of the Thomaston Public Library is to provide accurate, timely, and useful materials in a variety of formats and technologies. Library services and programs are  conducted in response to public demand and with reference to the informational,  educational, recreational, professional, cultural, and other needs of the community. The  library supports lifelong learning, the love of reading, and an appreciation of literature. 

Programs and services offered to the public shall be available free of charge. Bus trips sponsored by the library may incur a fee.  The Library may also host fundraising events with a fee.

        How do I get a library card?

Any Thomaston resident is entitled to a free library card. Simply inquire at the adult or children's circulation desk. Your local library card may be used at any public library in Connecticut.  CT residents must get their library card in their town of primary residence.

        How long can I keep library materials?

  - New titles (including new audiobooks): 14 days
  - Older Fiction and Non-fiction titles: 21 days
Magazines: 14 days
   - New Releases: 3 days
   - Older Fiction and Foreign Films: 7 days
   - Non-fiction (Instruction, Exercise, Travel, etc.): 14 days
   - TV Series, Multi-Disc Series: 14 days
   - Children's Dept.: 7 days

        What are the overdue fines?

The Thomaston Public Library does not charge overdue fines on late books, DVDs, or audio; however, patrons with overdue materials may donate to the Conscience Box. 

        Can borrowed items be renewed?

New books may be renewed once for an additional 14 days and older books may be renewed once for an additional 21 days in person, by telephone or through your on-line account, if no other patron has a hold on the item you wish to renew. Movies and magazines may not be renewed.

        Can I reserve materials?

If a book is checked out to another patron, you may reserve it by submitting a request form at the adult circulation desk or by requesting it directly through our online public access catalog, either in the library or at home. You must have your library card available when requesting books through our online catalog. The library will notify you when the item is available. 

        Can books from other libraries be obtained?

Yes, books owned by other libraries may be requested and borrowed through our online catalog. However, not all libraries loan all items. If you have difficulty requesting an item, please contact us!

        What services are provided by this library?

The Thomaston Public Library offers a wide range of services and opportunities for personal and cultural enrichment. The library's collection includes more than 40,000 adult books and 20,000 children's books.