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Brainerd Memorial Library Mission

Brainerd Memorial Library dedicates itself to providing resources and services necessary to satisfy the lifelong learning, reading, recreational, and cultural needs of Haddam residents.  The Library contributes to the social, cultural, and intellectual life of the community through its programming and outreach activities.  We welcome individuals and businesses to explore our services in pursuits of personal, economic, and civic goals.  The Library strives to be a symbol of the town, a magnet for the community, and a gateway to all the world’s information and knowledge.

Loan Periods

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Books and Audio Books ........ 2 weeks
Periodicals ............ ............ 1 week
Fiction DVDs & Videos ......... 1 week
Non-Fiction DVDs & Videos .. 2 weeks
CDs ................................... 2 weeks
Museum Passes .................. 2 days

Loan periods vary for materials borrowed through interlibrary loan. There is a one-day grace period on all returned materials with the exception of museum passes.

Total Items You Can Check-Out

BMLBooks on loan: 30
Videos: 5
DVDs: 5
CDs: 15
Children's videos: 3
Children's DVDs: 3

Rotunda stained glassRenewals

All materials (except videos, DVDs, and museum passes) may be renewed twice. An item on hold for another patron may not be renewed.

Library cardholders can renew their own materials online.

How to renew:

1. From any page on our site, click the Catalog button located in the left column.

2. Click the "My Account" button at the top of the screen and log-in.

3. Click the link "Items currently checked out" and f ollow renewal instructions on the screen.

B wreathHolds

Patrons may place holds on materials through the LION online catalog. Library staff can place items on hold for patrons as well. A staff member will phone patrons when requested materials come in to the Library for pickup.

BMLInterLibrary Loan

The statewide database is available to patrons through ReQuest, which allows individuals to select materials from libraries across the state. Library staff can request items for patrons as well. Library staff will contact patrons when ReQuest materials come in for pick up.

BMLFines per Day

Children's materials except for videos: $.05

Adult materials except for videos and DVDs: $0.10

Videos and DVD's: $1.00

Museum passes: $2.00

The total maximum fine allowed on any one borrower's card is $10.00. Failure to bring the fine down below this maximum or to pay for lost materials may result in restrictions on borrowing privileges.

Please note that overdue notices and bills
are sent automatically by the LION office.

Copies, Scans, Faxes, & Print-outs

fax$0.10 Each copy

$0.10 Each scan

Free fax cover sheet
$2.00 First fax sheet
$1.00 Following fax sheets

$0.10 Each black & white print-out
$0.25 Each color print-out

Staff Contact Information

Sue Staehly, Interim Director

Pat Coleman, Youth Services Co-coordinator & Children's Librarian

Marissa Lehmacher, Youth Services Co-coordinator

Kristen Carpentier, Youth Services Assistant

Mike Sweeney, Computer Instruction & Adult Programming Librarian

Sue Staehly, Technical Services Coordinator

Camilla Howes, Circulation Assistant

Robbie Marshall , Accounting, Office Administrator & Webmaster

Driving Directions

From Points North
(Middletown, Hartford)

Take Route 9 South to Route 154 South, Exit 10. At the light at the end of the ramp, go right. After 2.2 miles, you will come to a traffic light. Go straight through the light and continue for about 3 miles. The Library is on your left shortly after you pass the Haddam Congregational Church on your right.

From Points South
(Old Saybrook, Chester,
Deep River)

Take Route 9 North to Route 154 North, Exit 7. At the light at the end of the ramp, go left. Go straight through the light at the junction of Routes 154 and 82. After 3.3 miles, the Library will be on your right. Shortly before you come to the Library, you will pass the former Haddam County Jail, a gray stone building, on your left.

From New Haven Area

Take I-95 to Route 81 North, Exit 63. At the light at the end of the ramp, go left. Immediately following, take a left onto Route 81 North. Go straight thru all lights for 10 miles, until the light at the junction of Routes 81 and 154. Turn right at the light and go about 3 miles. The Library is on your left shortly after you pass the Haddam Congregational Church on your right.



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