Patron Information

Becoming a patron: residents & non-residents

The New Haven Community Library will be available to all residents of the town of New Haven, including seasonal residents. It is also available to residents in neighboring communities.

Use of the Library or its services may be denied by the Librarian for due cause including, but not limited to, failure to return books or materials, destruction of Library property, disturbance of other patrons or any other objectionable conduct on the premises.


The New Haven Community Library serves and welcomes all constituents without regard to race, age, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, ancestry, physical or mental condition, national origin, or views.

Helping with time & materials

After becoming a patron, you may be interested in joining the Friends of the Library and also, at times, be able to help by volunteering or donating items to our collection.

If these ideas appeal to you, please review the information on this website under "Support the Library":

Friends of NHCL and Volunteering & Gifts.

Thank you!

Returning items

Inside: During Library hours you may drop books in the book drop located at the Librarian's desk or use the outside Book Return box.

Outside: A Book Return bin is conveniently located near the Library's parking lot, on the north side of the building.

Lending Policy, Fines and Fees

  1. New Haven Community Library patrons will not be charged card fees.
  2. There is no limit to the amount of material that may be borrowed, but the Librarian has the authority to place a reasonable limit on a patron’s borrowing.
  3. Patrons are expected to return borrowed materials on time and in good condition.
  4. There will be no fines for overdue materials, but a conscience box is provided. However, borrowing privileges may be curtailed if books are not consistently returned by the date due.
  5. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs of lost or damaged items.
  6. Inter-Library Loan books are offered free, but voluntary donations for postage and handling are gladly accepted.
  7. Other fees for such things as photocopies or computer printouts shall be set at the discretion of the Librarian in consultation with the Board of Trustees.