Search Our Catalog-->

One Public Library Plaza     Stamford CT 06904     203 964-1000

Español  |  Русский  |  Italiano  |  Français & Ayisyen  | Português  |  Polski  |  中文

You are here:

Borrowing Policies

Interlibrary Loan  | Fines & Fees  |  Loan Periods


InterLibrary Loan

The Ferguson Library can order materials for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if we do not own them. If the material is of a new and/or popular nature that fits into our collections, we will consider purchase. See below for link to request form.


Interlibrary Loan Info:

  • You need a valid library card
  • You must be a Stamford resident
  • It takes an average of 2 to 6 weeks to get a book or magazine article
  • It takes an average of 3 weeks to get census microfilm (consult Federal Population Census Internet site or our 2nd Floor Reference Desk)
  • It is usually a free service but you will be asked to set a fee limit should the lending library charge us
  • ILL requests can be placed at the Information Desks at the Main Library or Harry Bennett Branch.
  • ILL requests can also be taken over the phone by calling 203 351-8221, 8222,
    8231 or 8234 at Main, 203 351-8292 at Harry Bennettor 8286 at the Weed Branch.
  • You can also request ILL online. Books and Periodicals
  • Due date is set by the lending library.
  • For renewal, call 203 351-8237 at least four days prior to due date.
  • Once notified of ILL material arrival, failure to pick up material will result in a $1 fine.
  • Overdue fine is 25c a day.
  • Replacement cost for lost book is $25 or as set by the lending library.

Questions? Email

If you can't wait for your material, you have the option of visiting another library. We will assist you in locating the material.

Fines & Fees -
Per Day Per Item:

  • Adult Material 20¢
  • Children's Material 10¢
  • Express Books $1.00
  • Videos & DVDs $1.00
  • Juvenile & Teen Videos & DVDs $1.00
  • Express DVDs  $2.00
  • Learning Kits To Go $1.00
  • Interlibrary Loan 25¢
  • Museum Passes $2.00
  • eReaders  $2.00



Loan Periods

Book Loan Periods:

Most books may be borrowed for 3 weeks with 2 renewals.  

  • Express Books - 7 days (These are additional copies of new books that are in very high demand. Sorry, but there are no reserves or renewals on Express Books.
  • New Books - 3 weeks. One renewal if there is no one waiting for the title.  No extended loan.


Audio Visual and Other Non-book Materials:


New Titles – Feature & Non-Feature DVDs**

  • No Limit
  •  Circulate for 4 days with one renewal if there is no one waiting
  • No extended loan

Regular Titles

Feature DVDs

  •    No Limit
  •    Circulate for 4 days with two renewals if there is no one waiting
  •   No extended loan

Non-feature DVDs

  •  No Limit
  •  Circulate for 7 days with two renewals if there is no one waiting
  •  No extended loan

Express DVDs

  •  Limited to 3 titles
  •  Circulate for 1 day
  • No renewals

Museum Passes

  •  1 week
  •  No renewals


  •   3 weeks
  •   1 renewal


  • Reserves may be placed on any titles in DVD format except Express titles. Reserves at South End or the Bookmobile must be picked up at those locations.
  •  DVD reserves will be held at the Borrowers Services Desk for 4 days.

 **Non-feature DVDs include documentaries and TV series.
Note:  A 17-year-old who presents acceptable proof of age may borrow R-rated titles. 


Audiobooks & CDs

  • No limit
  • 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no holds waiting


Language Kits

  • One set per person for 3 weeks
  • Two renewals


Circulating Magazines

  • No limit
  • 1 week
  • No renewals


Learning Kits To Go

  • One kit for 3 weeks with two renewals


Please Note:

  • There are no renewals for items on request by other library users.
  • All materials may be returned to any Ferguson Library location, with these exceptions: Interlibrary Loan materials may not be returned to the South End Branch or Bookmobile; Learning Kits To Go must be returned to the Main Library.
  • Books, audiobooks and DVDs (except for Interlibrary Loan items) may be returned to any public library in Connecticut; however, you are responsible for the materials until they arrive back at the location where they were borrowed.