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Getting a Library Card

Adult library cards: Canton residents 18 years of age and over receive adult library cards.  They must complete a borrower application provided by the library and present proof of identity and residency. 

Teen library cards: Canton residents between the ages 13 and 17 inclusive receive teen library cards.  They must complete a borrower application provided by the library and present proof of identity and residency. 

Children’s library cards: Canton residents between the ages of 5 and 12 inclusive receive children’s library cards.  A parent or legal guardian must complete and/or co-sign a borrower application provided by the library and present proof of the child’s identity and residency.  The parent or legal guardian accepts responsibility for paying fines, replacement charges, and other financial assessments levied against the library card of his or her child.

Senior library cards: Canton residents 65 years of age and over may request a senior library card.  They must complete a borrower application provided by library and present proof of identity and residency.  Residents holding senior library cards are exempt from paying overdue fines on all materials except Quick Reads.

Guest library cards: A guest library card is issued free-of-charge to a person of any age who is not a resident of Canton but who is staying in Canton for less than 6 months.  The registration procedure to receive a guest card is the same as that for Canton residents, as set forth above.  A guest library card holder is afforded the same privileges and responsibilities as are Canton residents.  However, a guest library card is valid for use in the Canton Public Library only and the card itself must be so marked.

All library cards are valid for 3 years.  Provided the physical card is not lost or damaged, renewals are free.

Your Canton library card may be used to borrow and return materials at any public library in Connecticut.  If you are a Connecticut resident who lives outside of Canton, you may borrow and return materials here by presenting your valid hometown library card. 

Per library policy, the responsibility for materials borrowed by minors rests with their parents or guardians.

NOTE REGARDING PRIVACY: Per state law, the library staff may not give a patron’s personal information, nor his/her current or past borrowing information, to anyone other than the patron himself/herself or, in the case of minor children, to the parents or legal guardians.  The borrowing records of public library patrons are confidential and excluded from the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act.


Canton Public Library * 40 Dyer Avenue * Canton, CT 06019 * 860-693-5800 * Fax 860-693-5804
Email the Library: smccusker@libraryconnection.info