Lending Services

Library Cards

Getting a Library Card:
Farmington and Unionville residents may fill out an application at either library location – The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr, Farmington or Barney Library, 71 Main St, Farmington. Library cards are valid for three years. Bring a photo ID or piece of mail with your Farmington/Unionville address. Renewals are processed in-person at the Lending Services desk. The purpose of renewals is to ensure that we have current contact information for your account.

An Online Branch card will get you access to our digital collections but cannot be used to place holds and check out materials. An Online Branch application may take a few days to process. You can fill out an Online Branch application here.

Library cards issued from any public library in the state of Connecticut are valid at the Farmington Libraries. Bring your library card with you to the Lending Services desk to register your card in our system. Your out-of-town card must be current and dated with an expiration date.

From Home:
You may use your card from home to check your borrowing record, and renew items and place holds. You may access the library catalog to find materials and place holds as well as access databases. From the Catalog select the Online Research Resources link will give you a list of online resources that are accessible to you from your home computer, some require a Farmington Library card for login authentication.

At Other Libraries:
Your Farmington card may be used in any public library in Connecticut to borrow materials; you will need to register your Farmington card at those libraries. Materials from Farmington may be returned to any public library in the state with the exception of Fast View DVDs, Museum Passes, E-Readers and other specialty electronics, and toys, but items will not be checked in until they are received by The Farmington Libraries.

Frequently Asked Lending Questions

What is my password and How do I login?
Your Farmington Libraries catalog password is either “changeme” (all lower case and no spaces) or your last name, for instance, “smith”. To login please go to www.farmingtonlibraries.org and click on “My Account”. You will then need to enter your 14-digit library card number in the “Login” field and then your password. If your password is still set to the default “changeme”, please change your password after you login.

How do I change my password?
Login to your account following the instructions above then click the tab, “change my password”, located on the left side of the screen. If you are experiencing difficulties changing your password from home, please call 860-673-6791 (available during normal operating hours). We cannot tell you your password, but can reset it to your last name. We will require you have your library card number available.

How can I renew checked-out items on-line?
You can renew online through our catalog’s renew your materials feature. From the home page, click “My Account/Renew”. Enter your library card number and password. All of your checked out items should appear in the center of the screen. Click the word “Renew” next to the item you wish to renew. Click the blue “Renew All” button at the bottom of the screen if you wish to renew all your items. The new due date will appear on the screen. Items may only be renewed one at a time if you only wish to renew selected items. We can always renew over the phone at 860-673-6791.

How can I get a book not listed in the catalog?
If we do not carry a specific title, there are two options for you to try:
1. If the book is older, we can try to get it through interlibrary loan for Farmington residents. You may make this request by calling the library at 860-673-6791 or visiting the Information Services desk on the second floor of the Main Library.
2. If the book is new, you may request an item be purchased by calling the Main Library or Barney Branch. You may also email the title, author and ISBN number to flref@armingtonlibraries.org with your name and library card number.

Why is my account blocked?
Blocks on an account can mean several things. They are there to remind our desk staff about different issues with an account. These reminders can be issues such as overdue fines, reminders to verify an address or telephone number. If you lose your library card you can request a block on your account to prevent it from being used by someone else. The blocks allow us to provide better service to our patrons.

Loan Periods

Adult new books, tablets, and Kindle eReaders circulate for 2 weeks. DVDs, CDs, and Video Games may be borrowed for one week. Most other materials are loaned for three weeks. Fast View DVDs are loaned for three days. Most Farmington and Barney Library materials may be renewed once if no other customer is waiting for the material. Items may be renewed in person, by phone or online.


The overdue fine rate for most items is $.15 (15 cents) per day with the following exceptions:
DVDs $1.00/day
Museum Passes $5.00/day
Fast View DVD’s (three-day loans) $1.00/day
Tablets and Kindles $5.00/day


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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans can be requested by Farmington residents by calling or emailing the Adult department at 860-673-6791 or flref@farmingtonlibraries.org. We only can request items from instate institutions. We obtain all our items from ReQuest, the state library catalog. Items are checked out for three weeks, while DVDs are loaned for 7 days. Patrons are limited to 5 titles per request.