Read the latest newsletter: September 2023
LIBRARY INFORMATION, HOURS, AND SERVICES
Bentley Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed Saturdays in August)
Computers. Computers are available for public use.
Returns. Please bring returns inside the library during normal library hours. After hours, place returns in the outside book drop.
Study room. The study room is available for up to six people at a time. We recommend you schedule the room in advance to ensure availability.
Programs. Most programs are in-person. Hybrid or virtual programs will be labeled accordingly. Check our Programs page for details on upcoming events. Masks may be required by per presenter requirements.
Lending periods. Movies circulate for one week, all other materials for three weeks.
Lending limits: Up to 7 DVDs and 25 total items may be borrowed at a time.
Service fees. Copies are $.10/side for black & white, $.50/side for color. Faxing is free for local and toll-free numbers, long distance is $.10/page. Scanning is a free service.
Fines. Fines for late material are: movies $1.00/day up to a maximum of $5.00; all other materials $.10/day up to a maximum of $2.00.
24/7 LIBRARY ACCESS DETAILS
View information about creating an account, downloading from Libby and Hoopla, and other electronic resources.
HOW DO I GET A LIBRARY CARD?
You may start the process online or complete the full registration in person.
a) IN PERSON
Present a valid photo ID with a Bolton address (driver’s license or passport, for instance). If you are new to Bolton and have not yet changed the address on your license, you may use the license for photo ID purposes and also bring in a piece of official mail—not personal letters—addressed to you at your Bolton address, such as an electric bill or bank statement. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 17 requesting a library card.
b) SAVE TIME, START THE PROCESS ONLINE
Access our online form here. Fill in the form and then see staff at the library to complete your registration and pick up your card. You will need valid ID as explained above and pick up your new card within 14 days.
Renewals: Our library cards are valid for a three-year term. Bring your full-sized library card at the time of renewal. If we have your e-mail address, you will receive advance notification of your card’s expiration
Important details about library cards: A valid adult or juvenile Connecticut public library borrower card must be presented by the borrower each time materials are borrowed. A library card may be used only by the person to whom the card was issued and may not be transferred to another person.
Your first card is FREE. There is a $2.00 replacement charge for lost cards.
Borrow electronic audiobooks, books, movies, music, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone — and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded for offline enjoyment later. Bentley Memorial Library provides you with six instant borrows per month.
Go to www.hoopladigital.com and set up your account. Then choose ‘Bentley Memorial Library,’ enter your library card number (no spaces) and get started!
The Bibliomation network offers electronic books, audiobooks, and magazines through the Libby app or through your browser at libbyapp.com. Your library never closes! Please Note: You need a valid Bentley Memorial Library card to access LIBBY.
CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY
Patrons with a valid library card now have access to even more titles. The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce its statewide E-Audio and E-Books service. Visit https://researchitct.org/eaudioebooks to begin browsing.
DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR VARIOUS DEVICES:
Please Note: You need a valid Connecticut library card to access these resources.
The Connecticut State Library has subscribed to hundreds of titles for your enjoyment and information. To access these full text resources just click on the link below and enjoy!
You can search and print articles at home from a number of collections aimed at audiences from elementary school students to professionals. Some highlights: full-text journals, maps, almanacs; full-text bilingual periodicals; Business and Company Resource Center; Health & Wellness Resource Center; MagillOnLiterature Plus, Wilson Biographies; History Resource Center; AP Photo Archive; newspaper collection with full-text coverage of The Christian Science Monitor, The Hartford Courant (including Historical Archives), The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Bentley Memorial Library is pleased to offer this program in cooperation with Bolton Senior/Social Services. Through this program, library materials will be delivered to Bolton residents who are permanently or temporarily homebound. Senior citizens or others who are unable to drive also qualify for our home delivery service. Materials will be delivered and picked up by Social Services staff.
Are you hosting a book discussion or attending one with friends and neighbors? Let us help. We can obtain multiple copies for you. Designate one person from your group to be the "library liaison" and we will notify them when the books arrive. Contact us to explore the possibilities!
Bentley has the following museum passes available for you to borrow. Please be sure to check the museums' websites for details prior to your visit. As other passes become available we will update our website. A valid library card and $20 deposit are required. One pass per family, two day circulation.
The Children's Museum
Eric Carle Museum
Florence Griswold Museum
Do you have a collection that you would like to showcase? Would you like to exhibit your own work or share information about an organization and its activities? Please stop by the library to reserve our display case or our display wall. Displays change monthly.
We have a small meeting room available. Up to six people may use the room at a time. If you are looking for a quiet place to study or tutor a student, give us a call at 860-646-7349 and reserve the room.