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.



 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. audio books, and emagazines, click this link to Overdrive , or this one, to researchIT CT.

**The Chester Public Library is pleased to announce its upcoming migration to Bibliomation consortium and the Evergreen open source ILS.  “Established in 1980, Bibliomation is a member-driven, non-profit organization that provides for the technological and automation needs of over 60 public libraries and 20 K-12 schools throughout Connecticut (”  Our new catalog will allow patrons access not only to Chester’s collection but participating libraries collections as well, making placing reserves on an item much easier.  Our migration will take place August 1, so please be patient as we learn our new system.  There will be no disruption to normal business and we will continue to accept reserves for items Chester library does not own.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

***The Chester Public Library has been nominated to represent Middlesex County for favorite CT Library Building however, we need your votes! Click here  CT Treasures  for details.  Voting begins July 9 – July 20.

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


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! 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.   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.