Welcome to Chester Public Library

We know it’s not always convenient, or even possible for you to get to the library, so this page provides information about and access to library resources whenever you want them.   Here you’ll find links to library resources, the card catalog, program news, and to your personal library account.  You’ll need a current Chester Library card to access many of the resources. We hope this is helpful to you.

Library Catalog

To search the library catalog, click here. To renew materials, click here.  You’ll need your library card barcode number and password to log in.  First time user?  Your Username is the 14-digit barcode number from your library card and your temporary password is “userpass” (without the quotes). To download ebooks and audio books, click this link to Overdrive , or this one, to iCONN.


Upcoming Programs and Events 

summer sale umbrellaFriends June Book Sale begins Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. Drop in early for the best selection of beach reads at astounding prices- still $.25- $1.00 for most items!  Donations of books (both paperback and hardcover), DVDs,  and recorded books, all in very good condition,  are being accepted until June 1. Please, no musty old tomes that have been stored in the garage, videocassettes, or textbooks from back in the day; these things simply do not sell- and one more request:  please don’t leave books on the library’s steps when we aren’t open!  Anyone interested in helping sort or sell is encouraged to contact Diane Lindsay at 860-526-2443.  See you at the sale!

Monday Morning Story and Craft Programs for three and ups, at 10:30.   First Mondays feature Judy Potter’s It’s Theatretime!   Drop in, it’s a lovely way to begin the week.

Knitting Groups.  In Stitches, a group of novice to expert adult knitters, meets Mondays from 6-8 p.m.   Kids Knit meets on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. during the school year.  Both groups welcome new members.  No need to sign up, just drop in!


findIT CT graphicThe Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development releases the first version of findIT CT, (The Statewide Library Catalog) 

The Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to announce that the first version of findIT CT, the statewide library catalog, is now live! Over 10.3 million item holdings from more than 150 public, school, and academic libraries from four of Connecticut’s consortia are available for searching. You can findIT at

findIT CT is being developed in phases and this is only the beginning. The next phase will see the holdings of all other participating libraries (including Chester) loaded into the catalog, representing approximately an additional 10.4 million item records. The third phase will see the requestIT CT Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system developed and implemented

Library Building Project Update

To see the architects’ March 2 presentation, click here and look for “March 2 2016 Presentation”.

As the Library Building Committee works with LLB to refine the details of the proposal, it invites interested members of the community to attend its meetings, scheduled for 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at Town Hall.

Agendas and minutes can be found here (scroll to the bottom).


human library- webCURIOUS ABOUT SOMETHING?  Get to know the HUMAN LIBRARY!  A Human Library is just that—a library where the “books” are living people who volunteer to share their stories, unique interests and life experience with “readers”—members of the community.   Want to chat with a fantasy football player, learn about living gluten-free, or start learning to play the ukelele?  Borrow one of our living books for a 30-minute conversation at the library.  



 Now Available at Chester Cinema, er… Library!

Chester Library’s collection of movies contains over 1100 titles with new ones being added every month.  Click here for a list of the latest. (Look for New Movies, below Just Arrived).  Looking for a movie that Chester doesn’t own? Ask about obtaining it through the library’s Netflix account.

Help Your Library While You Shop!

AmazonSmileDo you buy online?  Amazon offers to donate  .05% of your purchase total to the Friends of Chester Public Library, IF you make your purchases through AmazonSmile.  All you need to do is sign up and remember to make your purchases through AmazonSmile (we’ve found it works best to just bookmark AmazonSmile and use it as the way we regularly get to Amazon).  Your account remains just as it has been (no new account number or password to remember), purchasing is the same as always, but a bit of philanthropy is added to the mix.   So, c’mon, SMILE on your library!  To learn more, or get started with AmazonSmile, just click here- it won’t hurt a bit! Thank you!


Digital talking book player and cassette

If you, or someone you know has difficulty reading regular print materials, you may want to know about the Connecticut Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  This special library lends  recorded books and magazines along with the necessary playback equipment, free of charge, to any Connecticut adult or child unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical disability. Materials in Braille are also available.  The disability can be either short-term or permanent.  All materials are mailed to and from library patrons by postage-free mail.  Chester library has a sample digital talking book player and cassette to try out if you are interested- they are very easy to operate and are quite lightweight.  An application for service must be completed and signed by an appropriate certifying authority (such as one of your librarians). Chester Library has applications, or you can call 860-721-2020 or 1-800-842-4516 to request an application or program information. An application can also be downloaded from the CT Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped website.

Recycle Your Empty Printer Cartridges

Calling all empty printer ink cartridges! The library is collecting expended printer ink cartridges of all sorts. Recycling these empty cartridges supplements the library’s budget and helps the environment. Thank you!