Public libraries are community hubs available to residents of all ages. They provide access to information,cultural, educational and recreational programs and services and employment resources. In addition toaccessing books, newspapers, magazines and other media, there are opportunities to listen to music,watch movies, take classes, attend lectures or other programs. Libraries also provide access to the Internetwith public computers and free WiFi.
In addition to local public libraries, the Connecticut State Library provides access to materials and includesthe Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) which provides access to books andmagazines in recorded formats along with the necessary playback equipment, and materials in braille, forfree, to any Connecticut adult or child who is unable to read regular print due to a visual or physicaldisability.
Libraries are free, open to the public, available to people of all ages and abilities.
Individuals can apply for a library card to borrow materials from their local library. Applicants must be a resident of that community and show proof of residency. Children may be able to get their own library card, typically with a parent or guardian's permission.
To obtain a card from the Connecticut State Library, individuals must be 18 years or older and a resident of Connecticut to be eligible. They must also provide valid forms of identification such as:
CT Driver's license
State Employee ID or
Children under the age of 18 must have approval from a parent or guardian to sign the application form.
Applying for a library card can be done at the Connecticut State Library or from home by mailing:
Individuals with visual or physical disabilities can visit theCT State Library for the Blind and Disabledfor additional services. The library provides free mail loan of books and magazines in braille or recorded format. Playback equipment is also provided at no additional cost.Check eligibilityto see if you qualify.
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