"borrowIT CT" (formerly known as Connecticard) is a cooperative program among public libraries in Connecticut that allows a resident of any town in the state who holds a valid borrower card issued by their home library to use that card to borrow materials from any of the 191 public libraries participating in the program. Using their hometown cards, non-residents may visit any public library and borrow any of the materials that participating libraries lend to their local borrowers. Participating libraries are reimbursed for these loans by the CT State Library.
Patrons may return print items directly to the owning library or to any public library, which will return the items to the owning library via deliverIT. An owning library can require that materials be returned directly to the owning library, bypassing deliverIT.
The budget for FY2022 is currently at $703,638.
Monthly Report - Form for reporting loans by your library.
Statistics and Payment Information - Payments, loans, borrows, net-plus, etc.
All public libraries in the state of Connecticut which:
The formula for determining grant amounts is included in the state statutes. Payments are made annually. One-half of the total funds appropriated is used to reimburse participating libraries for all reported borrowIT CT loans. The other half is used to make an additional payment to those libraries that loaned more items to non-residents than their resident card holders borrowed from public libraries in other towns.
borrowIT CT grant payments MUST be spent by the library and may not revert to the general fund of the municipality. See this MEMO to Municipal Fiscal Officers (PDF) for more detail.
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