What is the PLA and how can I become a member?
The PLA is the Pequot Library Association, a nonprofit organization that supports the Library’s mission to bring literature, music, art, and the humanities to the community. As an association library, Pequot receives less than 30% of its funding from the Town of Fairfield and relies on generous contributions from PLA members for the majority of its funding. Support from PLA members makes possible the valuable library services and cultural events, such as concerts, lectures, and family programs, that Pequot Library provides for the community. An annual donation to the Pequot Library Association entitles you to a one-year membership with various benefits. Find out how to give at the Support the Library page and visit the Pequot Library Association page to learn more about the Pequot Library Association and its mission.
Was this always a library?
Yes. The Pequot Library building was completed in 1893 on the grounds behind the home of Elbert B. and Virginia Marquand Monroe, who founded the Pequot Library and presented it as a gift to the Village of Southport. It was designed by Robert H. Robertson and opened its doors to the public in April 1894. The Monroe residence was relocated, opening up the Great Lawn in front of the Library as you see it today. For more information on the history of the Pequot Library, please visit the History page.
Do you have an after-hours book drop?
A book drop for after-hours returns is located behind the library, near the back door. The book drop is emptied every morning, and returns are back-dated to the most recent day the Library was open for business.
Do you have any private meeting/study rooms?
Pequot Library does not have separate meeting or study rooms. However, there are plenty of places to read or work in the Reading Room suite. There are four large tables in the Main Reading Room as well as chairs by the fireplace and windows. The side rooms, the Rennell Room and the May Room, also have tables and comfortable seating and tend to be quieter than the Main Reading Room. Our unique Auditorium is available to rent. Please visit the Book a Space section of the website for more information.
Do you have any books for sale?
Pequot Library has three book sales each year: our flagship Summer Book Sale, our Mid-Winter Book Sale (held in January), and our newest addition, the Black Friday Book Sale (held in November). During the rest of the year, we have a small bookcase in the Main Reading Room filled with books for sale. They can be paid for at the Front Desk. Find out more information about on the Book Sales page of the website.
Do you have music?
Pequot Library does not have a collection of music CDs, but hosts a thriving program of musical events and concerts throughout the year. Please visit the Annual Events and Series section to find out more about these programs.