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Services

Do you know what the library has to offer? Here is a list of some of the services we provide to you:

Book a Librarian

In keeping with our commitment to extend great service to our patrons, the library offers a special personalized service:  Book a Librarian.

Berlin-Peck Library cardholders who need help setting up email or social media accounts, using library databases, finding the perfect book to read, searching family lineage, downloading eBooks to their devices, or conducting general research will be able to schedule a session of up to 45 minutes with a librarian. This one-on-one service will be available Monday through Friday based on staff availability.

Please note: The purpose of Book a Librarian is to provide one-on-one instruction for beginning learners. Unfortunately, we cannot help with secretarial work, online purchases, forms that require confidential information, computer problems, or connectivity issues.

Please call the library at 860-828-7126 to book an appointment.

Coffee

The Friends of the Library provides us with a Keurig coffee machine for public use.  We have a variety of flavors for purchase, all for $1 or less.

ConnectiCard & ConnectiCar

Through a state-funded program called ConnectiCard, your Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card is accepted at any public library in the state of Connecticut. Since Berlin is a member of the 30-library consortium, Library Connection, Inc., you may use your library card There are 30 libraries in the Library Connection, Inc. consortium. You can view the full list of LCI libraries here. For any library not in the consortium, you’ll need to bring your library card and driver’s license with your current address to be put into that library’s system.

Since the 1970s, the ConnectiCar service has provided interlibrary deliveries of library materials. Through this program you can check out, return, or request any item from any Connecticut public or academic library free of charge. Both programs give Connecticut library patrons access to 225 libraries statewide. Contact a reference librarian to learn more!

Fax Machine

The library has a fax machine you can use to send domestic or international faxes. The rates are as follows:

  • USA, Canada, & Caribbean: $1.75 for the 1st page, $1.00 for each subsequent page.
  • International: $3.95 for the 1st page, $3.45 for each subsequent page.

The fax machine only accepts credit cards, debit cards, and check cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).

Homebound Service

The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library offers volunteer delivery services to Berlin residents who are homebound, temporarily or permanently, because of illness, disability or advanced age.  The patron must have a current Berlin library card. Applications can be mailed to residents who do not have a card.

Residents may call the library’s reference desk at 860-828-7126 to register for this service.  A staff member will assist with the selection of materials. All circulating library materials may be delivered. These include books, music, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs or large print books.  The staff member will then call a volunteer. The volunteer will be given the resident’s telephone number and address and will call to arrange a convenient time for delivery and/or pickup. The lending period is the normal loan time, but users may call the library to renew items if they are not on reserve.

Patrons may also register for this service by email at illbpml@libraryconnection.infoPlease include name, address, telephone number, library barcode and the title(s) of the items being requested.

For those interested in volunteering for this service, please contact the library at 860-828-7125.

Library Bulletin Board & Display Case

The library bulletin board is used to display signs and flyers for events and services that benefit our community.  All submissions for the bulletin board must be pre-approved before they are posted; only local non-profit organizations or service organizations that service our community will be considered.  If you are interested in having your flier posted, please come to the library, or contact us by telephone.  Due to limited space, we can only accept posters and flyers no larger than 8 1/2 x 11.

The library offers a display case to town residents for art, special collections, and nonprofit services for a 1 month period of time. The dimensions are as follows: 42″ high, 92″ long, and 6 1/2″ depth. To make a reservation, please call Lisa Brown at 860-828-7128 or contact her via email at lbrown@town.berlin.ct.us.

Meeting Rooms

The library has two public meeting rooms.  When not being used for library programs, they may be available to reserve during Regular Library Hours.

The Blanche Johnson Delaney Large Meeting Room has a capacity of 126 persons or 56 persons with tables. Cost: Out of town groups:  $100.00 for whole day or $60.00 for up to ½ day, In town groups:   $80.00  for whole day or $50.00 for up to ½ day.

The Board Room has a capacity of 10-14 persons. Cost:   $40.00

In order to schedule meeting rooms, please Email Lisa Brown at lbrown@town.berlin.ct.us with the following information:  Name of organization, contact person with phone number, date and time of the event, set-up requirements.

If you have questions:  contact Lisa Brown by email lbrown@town.berlin.ct.us or call (860) 828-7128.

Photocopier

Photocopies may be made for $0.15 cents per page. The copy machine accepts coins, $1 and $5 bills, change is available at the circulation desk. Single sided, black and white copies on letter size (8 1/2 x 11) or legal size (8 1/2 x 14) paper.

Public Computers

Library computers are free to use for word processing, Internet access, e-mail, social networking, and subscription databases.

Printing is free for the first two pages; after that, a charge of $0.20 cents per page is assessed.  Payments must be made prior to printing.

Quiet Study Rooms

The library has 3 quiet study rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  They may also be reserved, up to a week in advance, by phone or in person.  There is a two-hour time limit for the rooms when other patrons are waiting.

Scanner

We have a scanner available to the public for free. You can scan documents or pictures to a USB drive, a smart phone or directly to Gmail.

Taxes

Every year, Tax Aide volunteers from the AARP come to the library to do your taxes for free.  Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Additionally, the library receives forms and reproducible tax forms from the Federal government and the state of Connecticut. We keep the reproducible books for three years. We can also show you how to download tax forms from the Internet. Printing and copying fees are as stated above.

WiFi

The library offers free wireless internet.  Ask a staff member for assistance connecting.