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Why do we need a new library?

Investing in our library is investing in our community. More than half the population of the town has library cards.

  • 95,000 people came to the library last year
  • 10,050 items, on average, are checked out monthly
  • 9,641 people attended the 385 Children’s Programs in the past year
  • 200 – 350 people per month attend Adult Programs
  • 6,203 people used the public computers, for 9,575 hours in the past year
  • 1,215 Wi-Fi users, on average, per month

Reference services of the past are obsolete. They have been replaced with a dynamic, collaborative, interactive space for people to learn and have community.  People come to the library to:

  • STEM based challenges
  • Learn how to code
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Learn Excel or Word
  • Learn computer basics
  • Learn to use Google apps
  • Learn French
  • TedX Talks
  • Borrow a Hot Spot for free internet
  • Music and Dance performances
  • Print a 3D model
  • Learn to sew
  • Improv classes
  • Book discussions, every age group, every genre
  • Practice SAT tests

How does our library size and age compare to other area libraries with similar populations?

Library Date Built Sq. Ft. Collection
Brookfield 1975 9,500 65,000
Bethel 2013 29,900 116,044
Monroe 2007 32,000 81,299
Ridgefield 2014 43,900 87,326
Southbury 2006 32,000 90,351

What are the most pressing needs? 

Dedicated children and teen spaces, study rooms, quiet reading spaces, additional meeting rooms, handicapped-accessible facilities, more parking.

Where will the new library be and why?

Over the past 15 years, various committees including, but not limited to, The Committee for a New Library, The New Library Committee and the Library Location Ad Hoc Committee, and the Library Board of Trustees proposed the new library be sited at the municipal campus where the master plan called for a civic building, specifically in the southeast quadrant, currently referred to as “the horse field”.  More recently, the New Library Committee (NLC), made up of former and current Board of Finance members, citizens and a local developer, searched town wide for properties already owned by the town (like Gursky Homestead and Mystery Acres) to avoid the purchase price of new land and increased taxes to tax payers.  Lastly, The Library Location Ad Hoc committee, consisting of former and current Board of Finance members, citizens, and a local developer, researched the Town Center District, otherwise known as the Four Corners.  One site was identified as potentially viable based on size and accessibility.  Consultants specializing in design and building were asked to analyze the characteristics of the municipal campus and the potential site at Four Corners.  After much deliberation, including outreach to the community, it was determined that the municipal campus was best suited in that the land was cited for this type of civic building based on size and location, the land required less excavation costing taxpayers less, the property is already owned by the town requiring less cost to tax payers, and ultimately the site afforded the opportunity for expansion should it ever be required unlike the Four Corners, which could not accommodate any such need.

What about the soccer field?

A thirteen person Facilities Ad Hoc Committee, consisting of various sports club members, citizens, town employees from the Departments of Parks & Recreation, Land Use, and the Library as well as representatives from the Brookfield Planning Commission, has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen.  Their charge, among others, has been and will continue to be to explore locations for the new soccer field.  A report to the Board of Selectman is due at the December 2017 meeting, with the final report being issued 60 days later.  This will include a recommendation on the “Horse Field” new location and other playing fields based on proposed capital projects. The land on which the soccer field resides was cited by the town in its municipal campus map as being destined for a civic building. The town anticipated its growth when the municipal center was designed and realized the possible need for expansion by this inclusion.  The soccer field received this temporary residence given the need for a field at the time and the fact that there was no imminent plan for use.

What will happen to this building?

The building is town owned. The Municipal Building Committee will work with our First Selectman to determine how to best utilize the space.  There are existing needs for such space within the town.

Why can’t the library expand on the current site?

The current building is not structurally capable of adding another floor.  Expanding the footprint of the building would not allow room for additional parking.  We have 39 parking spaces currently and we overflow this daily and we share this parking with the theater behind us.

How will we pay for the new library?

The town will bond the project over 10 – 20 years as is customary for capital projects.  To offset the total cost, the library has secured a $1 million construction grant from the CT State Library, which will expire if we do not pass a referendum prior to March 1, 2018.  In addition, the Brookfield Library Foundation is currently accepting donations and has begun a fundraising drive.

Does building a new library mean we can’t build a new school?

The 2017 Capital Plan recognizes multiple capital projects including a new library and a new school.  Building the new library DOES NOT MEAN the school will not be built. All the proposed capital projects are possible within the 10 year timeline of the capital plan.

How has the public been included in the new library project?

In 2002, a telephone survey of Brookfield residents was done.  Of those who were willing to pay higher taxes for updated community facilities, the highest support was given for a new library (95%).  In 2017 the library, with the help of consultants, issued a survey eliciting input and had over 1,000 responses.  Multiple focus groups and several design workshops were held with members of the public, as well as staff, Library Board of Trustees, New Library Committee and the Friends of the Library, asking for input from the community.

We sure can! We have 10 mobile hotspots available for checkout. Learn more.

We have a 3D printer that is available for public use. We also offer classes on this printer periodically. Find out more.

Yes, we do! You can easily print from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Find out more details here.

When you find an item in the catalog, click on the Request Item link to the right. You will then be prompted to log into your account and complete the request.

Our online catalog is available here. You can also search all libraries in our system from this catalog.

Yes! We provide access to free eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive and OneClickDigtal.

We also offer streaming movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics through hoopla.

Digital magazines can be downloaded through Zinio.

Yes, we have passes for many nearby museums and attractions.

Passes for free or reduced-price admission to selected Connecticut attractions are available for loan, through the generosity of The Friends of The Brookfield Library.

These passes are available to Brookfield residents with a current Brookfield Library card only, and no holds may be placed on them.

Loan period for all passes: 3 days

The Children’s Museum
Free admission for each paid admission (limit 4 per day). This pass is also good at Roaring Brook Nature Center.

The Barnum Museum
Free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children (age 12 and under).

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
$5.00 per person for up to 6 guests.

Connecticut’s Old State House
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Danbury Railway Museum
Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children.

Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children.

The Maritime Aquarium
$2.00 discount on a combination ticket to the aquarium and IMAX theater for up to 6 people.

Mystic Aquarium
$5.00 off of up to 4 admissions.

New Britain Museum of American Art
Free admission for up to 4 people.

Peabody Museum of Natural History
Admits 4 people at $5 off the admission price. Admission is FREE on Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m. Pass not available during the month of February.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Free admission for 2 adults of the same household and children under age 18. Free admission to the Museum and its grounds, Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farm, Nature’s Playground, and access to Animal Embassy’s live exotic animal exhibit. Free admission to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs. Free parking. 50% discount on admission to all Family Festival Weekends.

State Parks & Forest Day Pass
Free vehicle entrance fees to Connecticut State Park & Forest Recreation areas for private passenger vehicles carrying fewer than 12 passengers.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Buy one admission, get one free.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Admits 2 adults and 2 children (through age 17).

USS Constitution Museum (Boston)
Admits up to 9 people.

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Free vehicle entrance fees to Connecticut State Park & Forest Recreation areas for private passenger vehicles carrying fewer than 12 passengers.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Buy one admission, get one free.

USS Constitution Museum (Boston)
Admits up to 9 people.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Admits 2 adults and 2 children (through age 17).
Other Attractions Offering Free Admission

The Friends of The Brookfield Library was formed to give members of the community a way to personally support the library. It is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds intended to help develop the library’s resources beyond what is provided through the town budget. Your membership contribution will help the Friends to provide materials, equipment, and programs for the library so that it may better serve you and your family.

The Friends’ fundraising events include:

  • An autumn book sale
  • An on-going used book sale
  • A holiday gift-givers book sale

On-Going Book Sale
The on-going book sale is housed on the main floor of the library, to the right of the entry doors. You’ll find mysteries, thrillers, romances, children’s books, teen books, DVDs, CDs, and more. Great selection at bargain prices!

Hardcovers: $2.00
Paperbacks: $.50
Other media: prices vary

Books Needed!
The Friends are seeking books in good condition to stock both its on-going and special sales. Donated books sell quickly due to bargain prices, so more are always needed. Do you need room for new books on your shelves? Are there books your children have outgrown? Please consider donating your gently-treated used books to the Library. We accept donations March – September, and all donations are tax deductible. Call the Library (203-775-6241, ext. 101) for more information.

To join The Friends of The Brookfield Library, join online or print and submit an application form (PDF).

Yes. Residents of Brookfield who are unable to come to the library due to illness (short-term or long-term), disability, or non-driver status are eligible for this program.

The following materials are available for delivery:

  • Books (regular and large print)
  • Books on CD
  • Instructional Audio CDs
  • Instructional DVDs
  • Compact Discs
  • Magazines

Regular deliveries will be scheduled at your convenience.

Please contact library by phone (203-775-6241, ext. 101) or contact Anita Barney for further information.

Yes, we have a microfilm and fiche reader available for public use. We also have The Brookfield Journal and The Housatonic Times on microfilm from March 1957 forward.

Yes, we offer several different storytimes. Please see our storytimes calendar for dates and more information.

Click on the event on our calendar, which will take you to more information and the registration form. You may also sign up by phone or at the Checkout Desk.

 

Yes! We have many online databases available for use.

Yes, we have Notaries on staff and are pleased to offer this service at a charge of $3.00 per document notarized.

Criteria that The Brookfield Library Notaries follow:

– Customer must sign document(s) in front of Notary. (Notaries cannot sign documents unless they are certain that the customer is who he/she purports to be.)
– Customer must provide Notary with valid photo identification and one other form of identification.
– A document to be notarized must consist of a legal form. (It cannot be a handwritten piece of paper.)
– Each Notary will each maintain a journal wherein each transaction will be noted.
– If a state referred to in the document is other than Connecticut, a Notary must cross out the state cited and replace it using the state of Connecticut. Notaries in the library hold credentials only in Connecticut.
– Information to be notarized must appear on the document pages. (Notaries will not notarize blank pages or pages not related to the body of the document.)

Yes, library staff will be happy to send a fax for you. There is a charge of $1.00/page; this does not include the cover page, which is free.

Yes, we have publicly available scanners that are free to use. Please see a library staff member for details.

Yes, we also printing at the cost of $.15/page for black and white and $.50/page for color.

Yes, we have 15 public computers available on a first come, first served basis. You will be given a 90-minute session, and may request more time if no one is waiting.

Yes, we have a Community Room that is available for public rental when not in use for library programs.

The Library Meeting Room, located on the lower level of the building:
– Is accessible to people with disabilities
– Seats approximately 150
– Includes access to a small kitchen
– Has a projection screen
– May be rented for meetings or programs (but not for private parties)
Rental Information
The Brookfield Library maintains its Meeting Room as a suitable setting in which to hold its own programs and those of The Friends of The Brookfield Library. When not needed for Library use, the Meeting Room is made available to local agencies, clubs, businesses, and other organizations as a meeting site, subject to the rules and regulations of use established by the Library Board of Trustees.

Full Meeting Room Policy

Rental Fee Schedule:

– Not-for-Profit Groups: $35.00 per meeting
– For-Profit Groups: $100.00 per meeting

Request Meeting Room Dates Online

Print Meeting Room Application (PDF)

For further information, please call us (203-775-6241).

To view your account, renew items, and place holds, please visit this page.

The first time you log in, your password will be the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Yes, we have an open wifi network that does not require a password.

Please complete this form:

Yes! You can send a text message to 203-794-6281.

Please note that your mobile carrier’s standard messaging rates will apply.

Phone:
203-7756241

Fax:
203-740-7723

Directions

From Route 7/202 North or South
Follow Route 7/202 North or South until it intersects with Route 25 in Brookfield. Turn onto Route 25 South. The Library is approximately 1.5 miles from this intersection, on the right/West side of Route 25.

From I-84 Westbound
Take Exit 9 (Route 25). At bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Route 25 North and follow for approximately 4 miles, to the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 (double traffic lights). The Library is 2/10 of a mile North of this intersection on the left (just past St. Paul’s Episcopal Church).

From I-84 Eastbound
Take Exit 9 (Route 25). At bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 25 North and proceed as above.

Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (mid-September through mid-June)

First, please search the catalog that includes all libraries in our system.

If no libraries in our system own a particular item you need, we will try to borrow it for you from another library. Fill out an Interlibrary Loan Form or ask for assistance at the Information Desk. You may also call the Information Desk at 203-775-6241, extension 103.

Most Books – 3 weeks
New Books & Audiobooks – 2 weeks
DVDs less than 6 months old – 3 days
DVDs over 6 months old – 7 days
Magazines – 2 weeks
Audiobooks older than 6 months – 3 weeks
Music Compact Discs – 3 weeks
Read-Alongs – 2 weeks
Informational/Documentary DVDs – 2 weeks
Museum Passes – 3 days

You can use your card at any public library in the State of Connecticut!

You may also return your Brookfield items to any public library in Connecticut and may also return other Connecticut public libraries’ materials to Brookfield. We will send them back to the owning library.

All items except DVDs and Museum Passes – 10¢ per day ($5.00 maximum per item)

All DVDs and Museum Passes – $1.00 per day ($10.00 maximum per item)

Fines are not charged for any day the library is closed.

To avoid late charges, please renew or return materials promptly. Fines stop accumulating once the materials are returned or renewed. The library has outside book drops for your convenience.

If your card is carrying accumulated fines or lost charges of $20.00 or more, you will not be able to check out items until fines are paid. If your library card is lost, a replacement card will be issued for a fee of $1.00.

Yes, library materials may be renewed twice, in person, by telephone, or online. DVDs that check out for 1 week may be renewed 1 time. Museum passes are not renewable.

When renewing by telephone please:

  • Have your library card available;
  • Call during the Library’s business hours;
  • Do not leave a telephone message; renewals left on voicemail will not be processed.

Reasons why your renewal may not be successful:

  • Another patron has requested the item.
  • Item is so severely overdue that it is considered lost.
  • Fines or lost item fees on your card exceed $20.00.
  • The item has been borrowed for you from another library, and the lending library may not allow renewals.

There are no limits to the number of items a person may borrow, except for new DVDs (owned less than 6 months), where the limit is 4 per family and children’s holiday books, where the limit is 3 per family.

Yes, library cards expire every three years. Please report any change of address, email, or telephone number as soon as possible.

Library cards are free for residents of Brookfield and will be issued on the day of application.

For an Adult Card:

Brookfield residents age 14 and over are issued adult cards. You will be asked to complete an application and verify your current address with one of the following:

• A current Connecticut driver’s license;

• A document showing a current Brookfield address (rental lease, property deed, phone or utility bill, property tax receipt, postmarked mail, etc.);

• A checkbook with pre-printed address;

• A student ID card or parent’s proof of residency.

Apply Online

 
For a Child Card:

A child under age 14 may have his/her own library card. The child’s parent or guardian will be asked to complete and sign the application card for the child, assuming financial responsibility for any fines or lost charges. If the parent or guardian does not have a current Brookfield library card, proof of residency will be required (see above).

Apply Online

There is a $1.00 charge for the replacement of a lost library card.

View complete borrower registration policy (PDF)

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