Library

peg scofield photo croppedWelcome 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, 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.  Interested in what’s going on at the library, go to the library drop down menu bar and click on Library Programs.

The library will be CLOSED in observance of the upcoming holidays:

  • December  24 – 1/2 day, 25 & 26 closed Christmas
  • January 1 & 2 New Years

Visit our Friends page for our latest fundraiser.  Help us reach our goal!

The Chester Public Library is open by appointment only.  Please continue to follow our guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.

  • Masks or face coverings shall be worn while inside the building.  If you are feeling ill please do not come in, utilize our curbside service.
  • Curbside service will continue daily.
    Call 860-526-0018 or email library@chesterct.org.
  • Materials are a browse and go service, no more than 30 minutes – no socializing or lingering. Seating will not be made available.
  • No more than 2-3 people in the building at one time with 15-minute overlaps.
  • 2 computers will be made available for 30 minutes by reservation, the library has WiFi in the parking lot with seating outside.
  • Staff will provide copying and FAX services.
  • No public bathroom.
  • Hours of service will be:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10-4
    • Thursday 10-6
    • Saturday 10-1
  • Sanitizer station is at the door upon entry and hand pumps throughout the building.
  • Please place all returned materials in the outside book drop.

We reserve the right to change or alter any of these guidelines should circumstances arise.  We have taken this time to meet safety protocols by installing sneeze guards, proving hand sanitizer throughout the building, we also have gloves and masks available.

Please remember that our website is available 24/7 with free access to e-books and audio books through Overdrive as well as Hoopla.

 

Library Catalog

 To access the library’s online catalog to search for items, renew materials and place holds click here.  You can search Chester Public Library’s catalog or you can search all the library catalogs in Bibliomation’s library catalog.  You can place holds on items from other libraries in the shared catalog and pick them up in Chester.  You’ll need your library card barcode number and password which is the last four digits of your phone number to log in. 

To download e-books, audio books, and e-magazines, click this link to Overdrive , or this one, to researchIT CT.

 

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

The Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development findIT CT, the statewide library catalog, has over 10.3 million item holdings from more than 150 public, school, and academic libraries from four of Connecticut’s consortia. You can findIT at https://finditct.org.

Hoopla is an all-in-one media service where you can browse 700,000+ titles in six different formats—audiobooks, eBooks, comics/graphic novels, full music albums, movies, and TV—and instantly borrow, then download or stream, the titles of your choice!

You can access the title you borrow instantly on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. With hoopla, there are no holds or waiting!

All borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the Internet or Wi-Fi
by streaming. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline.

We love this service. It is easy to use and provides instant access (again, with no holds or waiting!) to the titles you want when you want them. As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 3 titles per month.

To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from the Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, visit https://www.hoopladigital.com.

 

T Mobile Hotspot – The Hotspot is an easy-to-use device that allows you to connect to your tablet, laptop, or other mobile device to the Internet wherever you are – at home, a road trip, an outing of some sort, etc.  The Hotspot is for Chester residents only and who are in good standing with the library (no overdue books or fines.)  You must be 18+ of age to check out the device.  Hotspot agreement.

 

Kill A Watt Kit – Have you ever wondered how much electrical use your appliances are actually using?  Eversource has provided a Kill A Watt kit that can be checked out to measure just that.  The kit allows you to measure the electrical use of household appliances to determine how they currently use energy and therefore providing you with the tools to reduce energy consumption and electrical costs.

 

 Help Your Library While You Shop! AmazonSmile

Do 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.   To learn more, or get started with AmazonSmile, just click here.   Thank you!

 

TALKING BOOKS!

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.