Windsor residents are encouraged to apply for a free library card. A Windsor library card may be used in any Connecticut public library. In addition, most borrowed materials may be returned to any public library and will be shipped to the owning library.
Windsor Residents — Adults 18 & Older
Apply for a library card in person at the Lending Desk by filling out a short application and presenting your ID with your Windsor address on it. You can choose one of the ID requirements found below.
Windsor Residents — Youth, Under 18 Years of Age
Bring a parent/guardian and their valid ID to the library to fill out an application and receive your card.
Other Connecticut Residents
You do not need to apply for a Windsor Library card. You are able to use your hometown Connecticut library card.
Out of State Residents
Those who work in Windsor are eligible for a card at no charge. Card will only be valid in Windsor, not any other town in Connecticut.
Those who live temporarily in Connecticut but do not work in Windsor may apply for a card for a fee of $25.00. Card will be valid for 6 months.
Adult ID Requirements
When you apply for a library card, the staff will validate your card after verifying your Windsor address. Please be prepared to show documents from one of these four options:
- CT driver’s license with Windsor address.
- CT state issued photo ID with Windsor address, also known as “Non-driver photo ID card.”
- Any drivers’ license plus one of the following which must contain your name and Windsor address:
Credit card/bank statement
- Passport, Green Card or Visa plus one of the below which must contain your name and Windsor address:
Credit card/bank statement
To renew materials simply login to Encore with your name and Library Card number.
Click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
To renew individual items check the items you want to renew and click Renew Marked
To renew everything on your card simply click Renew All
The next screen asks if you would like to proceed, click Yes
You should now see a list of your checkouts with the Renewal dates and the number of times the items have been renewed.
If you have any questions about your account you can always call us. For Main Library items call 860-285-1910, for Wilson Branch items call 860-247-8960.
Explore all the options for your account in Encore!
Is the item you want checked out? You can place a hold on it.
Search the online library catalog, to you find the item you want.
On the right side of the screen you will see a button for “Request it”.
Login with your library card number (no spaces necessary) and your name.
Click on “Submit”
When your item is ready for pickup we will notify you either via email, phone, and/or text message.
You can also go to “My Account” and click on “Holds.” Items ready for pickup will be marked “Ready. Must pick up by”.
You can cancel a hold from My Account. You can also freeze a hold, if you will be away.
Problems? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860)285-1918
Most library materials are available for a 3 week loan. DVDs, videocassettes, magazines and video games may be checked out for 7 days. Quick Pick materials have a 1 week loan period for books and 3 days for DVDs.
Fines and Fees
Please note: Borrowing privileges or access to Internet computers is blocked when fines equal or exceed $10.00
Late fees .20/day
Late video games $1.00/day
Late reference materials $1.00/day
Book maximum fine $10.00
DVD maximum fine $15.00
Lost items: cost of item plus $5.00 processing fee
For more information on fines and fees please see a library staff member.
The Windsor Public Library makes the resources of the library available to the public by developing and implementing procedures and guidelines that provide fair use to the largest number of people possible.
The library director will develop policies for loaning, renewing, and reserving materials as well as policies governing late returns, lost materials, and the need to limit popular items as necessary. These policies will take into consideration the needs of the public, the amount of materials available, state and local mandates, staff recommendations, and general library practice as set forth by professional organizations and other libraries. In some cases policies at the Main Library and the Branch may differ in order to accommodate the relative sizes of their collections and staffs, differing hours of operation and other variables. Specific prices for fines and fees will be submitted to The Town Council for separate approval as part of the Town’s “Price guide to fees and services”.
The library director will modify these policies as the needs of the public and the resources of the library change and evolve. These policies will be communicated to the public by postings in the library, display on the library web page and in other library marketing publications as needed.
As a courtesy, patrons can be sent reminder notices.
Those patrons who have supplied their email addresses will get an email reminder notice one day before the item is due. When necessary they will also be sent email overdue notices at 1 week and 6 weeks if the item is still outstanding. We recommend that patrons add our email address to their address book so that notices are not blocked. Our email address for notices is email@example.com
Patrons who do not wish to use an email address will not receive paper notices. An email address is encouraged to help you manage your account.