Lending Services

Library Cards
How Do I ?
Loan Periods
E-Mail Notification
Interlibrary Loan

Library Cards

Getting a Library Card:
Your library card entitles you to the following services and privileges. If you do not have a library card Farmington and Unionville residents may fill out an application at either library location – The Farmington Library,6 Monteith Dr, Farmington or The Barney Library, 71 Main St, Farmington. Library cards are valid for three years. 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.

Library cards issued from any public library in the state of Connecticut are valid at the Farmington Libraries. Please stop at the Lending Services desk to register your card in our system.

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. The Learning Center 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 Reads, Fast View DVDs, Museum Passes, E-Readers and other specialty electronics, and toys.

How Do I?
Frequently Asked Lending Questions

What is Koha?
Koha is our online library catalog that contains all of the materials at the Barney and Farmington Libraries. Though you may use your Farmington library card in any public library in Connecticut, our computer systems are separate, meaning you will have to login separately to check your accounts if you patronize other libraries.

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 [at] farmingtonlibraries [dot] org with your name and library card number.

What is a ‘block’? Why is it on my account?
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, or a message to let a patron know that a hold has arrived or that a hold arrived and was never picked up. The blocks allow us to provide better service to our patrons.

Can I be notified by email rather than phone when my requested items are ready to be picked up?
We do have email as a notification option. Please use this option if you can, this saves time and resources. Call us with your card number to make the change.

Loan Periods

Adult new books and e-Readers (i.e. Nooks and Kindles) circulate for 2 weeks. Fast Reads, most entertainment DVD’s and CD-Roms may be borrowed for one week. Most other materials are loaned for three weeks. Note that Fast View DVDs are loaned overnight. 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:
CD ROMS $1.00/day
Entertainment videos/DVD’s $1.00/day
Museum Passes $5.00/day
Fast View DVD’s (overnight loan) $1.00/day
e-Readers (i.e. Nooks & Kindles) $5.00/day
Fast Reads (7 day loan) $1.00/day

E-Mail Notification

The Library encourages its patrons to sign up for email notification. This saves staff time and allows the patron to receive holds and overdue notifications by email. ADDED BONUS: In addition, patrons who receive email notification recieve a 2 day warning that their materials are due and a link to renew items on the Internet. this service is intended for those that check their email at least daily.

Please send us a message at admin@farmingtonlibraries.org with your barcode, name from the email you wish us to use OR call us OR visit with your library card in hand.


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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibraryloans can be requested by Farmington residents by calling or emailing the Adult department at 860-673-6791 or flref (at) farmingtonlibraries [dot] 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 and VHS tapes are loaned for 7 days. Patrons are limited to 5 requests a day. Nonresidents can pay $5 per request for this service.