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Frequently Asked QuestionsWhen is the library open?
The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (September to May).
How do I get to the library?
You can get directions and a map here.
How do I get a library card?
Branford residents can obtain a library card at any checkout desk. Please bring a photo i.d. and proof of Branford residency (a driver's license with your Branford address, a utility bill, rent agreement, etc.). Stony Creek residents should obtain their library card from the Willoughby Wallace Library.
What are the loan periods?
Can I renew items?
Yes, with the exception of Hot Picks and Hot Reels, and as long as there are no holds on the item. Interlibrary loan items can be renewed if the loaning library allows renewals. Please call the Reference department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 for interlibrary loan renewals.
How much are overdue fines?
Fines are twenty-five cents a day for all items, except Museum Passes, which are $2.00 a day. The maximum fine, per item, is $5.00. There are no late fees for downloadable items since they are returned automatically. Remember, however, that other libraries have different fine schedules and you will be responsible for those fines if your items are returned late.
If we have your email address, you will receive notification when your items are coming due and when they are overdue. You can avoid fines by:
Yes. Holds can be placed in person at the library, by phone or by using our online catalog. Log in with your library barcode number and last name, search for your item, and then place the hold. Keep in mind that not all libraries loan new items and DVDs.
Can I print at the library? How much does it cost?
The library offers public printing and copiers. Black and white printouts and copies cost $.25 each and color printouts and copies cost $.75 each.
Do you have downloadable books?
The library has both downloadable audiobooks and e-books. Many devices are compatible, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPods, Sony e-readers, and many more. You can search or browse the downloadable collection here.
Do you accept book donations?
The Friends of the Library accept donations year-round for their annual book sale. Please drop off items at the Friends book drop, located in the parking lot at 30 Harrison Avenue. There will be an attended book drop on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning in the spring. A specific date will be posted here during late winter or early spring.
When is the library book sale?
The annual Friends of the Library book sale is held in the fall each year. This year's sale will take place from Thursday evening (preview night for dealers and Friends of the Library members) September 20 to Sunday, September 23, 2012.
Does the library have a delivery program for residents who cannot get to the library?
Yes, please call the Reference department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 for more information.
Are there any library book disussion groups?
Yes. There is one group that meets at 6:45 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and a mystery book club that meets at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. For additional information, or to obtain the current book title, please call the Reference department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 or visit our book discussions page.
Does the library have a local history/genealogy collection?
Yes, we have an extensive collection. Please visit our genealogy page for in-depth information.
Do you have wireless and is there a password?
The library offers wireless internet service throughout the building and can usually be reached from our parking lots, if the library is closed. This is an unprotected network, and there is no password.
Do you charge for library programs?
The vast majority of our programs are offered free of charge. If there is a charge or suggested donation, that information will be posted on our flyers, both on the website and on our bulletin boards.
Does the library have a public fax machine?
No, we don't. We have a scanner which you can use to scan and email documents and photographs.
Does the library have study rooms?
The library has a study room that can be reserved for two hours a day. Please stop by or call the Reference department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 to reserve the room. There is no charge for individuals or small groups to use the room, the Lucy T. Hammer Room, which is located on the main floor of the library, near the Reference department. There are also a number of study tables available on the ground floor. If you need a larger space, please read about reserving space at the library.
Does the library have a typewriter?
Yes, stop by the Reference department if you would like to use the typewriter.
Does the library still have the museum?
No, we don't, but many historical items are at the Branford Historical Society and the bird collection can be found in Westport at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The arrowhead collection is still displayed at the library, in the Lucy T. Hammer Room.
Can I take pictures of the inside and the outside of the library?
We are happy to have people photograph the library. We ask that you let the Reference librarians know that you are doing so and that you do not photograph our patrons.
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