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researchIT CT - Information: Issuing Library Cards to Out-Of-State Patrons

Issuing library cards to out-of-state patrons

researchIT CT databases are licensed for access by Connecticut residents, and for students and faculty in Connecticut schools and colleges. The licenses do not permit remarketing or selling access to the databases, and do not permit access by out-of-state library patrons who are not students or faculty in a Connecticut school or college. To comply with researchIT CT’s licensing requirements, if your library issues or sells library cards to non-Connecticut patrons, the barcode numbers on those cards must not permit remote access to researchIT CT databases.*

To issue cards with barcodes that do not allow access to researchIT CT databases you may either:

  • request special statewide researchIT Ct barcodes in the “80000” range that deny access, or
  • establish your own out-of-state barcodes with a unique prefix (“8”) that denies access

For either option, contact Stephen Cauffman at or 860-704-2224. He will send you some "80000" range barcodes or set up a unique “out-of-state” barcode prefix for your library.
What about existing out-of-state cards?
When out-of-state patrons renew their cards, please replace the barcode with one of the special out-of-state barcodes described above.
*Exception for out-of-state teachers who teach in Connecticut K-12 schools:
We recommend that out-of-state teachers who teach in Connecticut K-12 schools first attempt to obtain a public library card in the town where they teach. Failing that, special researchIT CT library cards are available for out-of-state teachers who teach in Connecticut K-12 schools. These cards provide access to researchIT CT databases but do not provide any other library privileges. To obtain one of these cards for a teacher, the school librarian should contact Stephen Cauffman at or 860-704-2223.


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