Pequot Library

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science &
the Humanities to our Community

Library Services & Policies

Find out more about the services available at Pequot Library and library policies.

Borrowing & Circulation
Library Cards
Loan Periods
Returning Materials
Placing Holds
Late Fees & Other Charges
Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Recommended Reading
Staff Favorites
Best Sellers
Award Winners
Lists, maps, readalikes

Facilities & Amenities
Wheelchair Accessibility
Wireless Access
Laptops & Printing

Locating Resources
Adult & Young Adult Collections
Children's Collection
Additional Resources
Special Collections
Genealogy & Local History

Pequot Library strives to be accommodating to all visitors. There are, however, some limits which need to be in place to insure patrons’ safety and to provide an inviting, place to read or work.

Internet Access Policy
As part of its commitment to providing quality materials that reflect the needs and interests of the people of Fairfield and its vicinity, the Pequot Library provides internet access through its public access terminals. The internet is a global information network that is growing and ever changing. It provides the means of accessing a wealth of information and can be an invaluable research tool. However, the Pequot Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed on the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Internet resources accessible at the Library are provided equally to all Library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library, are responsible for internet information selected or accessed by their children. The Library does not censor nor protect your children from controversial or inappropriate resources.  Pequot Library Association, Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 8, 1998

Cell Phones
Cell phone conversations are limited in Pequot Library. Brief conversations are acceptable; patrons engaged in longer conversations will be asked to continue their calls outside.

Food & Beverages
Food and beverages are allowed in the main part of the Library. Beverages should be in non-spill containers if possible. Please dispose of trash properly. Food and beverages are not allowed in the Stacks and Mezzanine, nor in the Genealogy & Local History Room, or in the Children's Library.

Personal laptops can be used in the Library. Free Wi-Fi service is available throughout the Library; the signal is strongest in the Main Reading Room. Please do not leave your laptop and other valuables unattended.

Dogs are permitted in the Library if they are on a leash and well-behaved. Out of consideration for our other patrons and for our resident rabbit, Belle, we request that you keep your pet’s visit to a minimum amount of time. Please keep your pets off the furniture. Guide dogs are always welcome.

Unsupervised Children
Pequot Library has a responsibility to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for every patron who is appropriately using its services and facilities. The Library Trustees and staff are eager for children to use the Library and welcome those who do so. Service to children is an important part of the Library’s mission. The Library is free and open to unaccompanied children who are independent enough to use the resources for recreation, information and education. The following policy has been designed to communicate the Library Board of Trustees’ concern for the safety and welfare of the children it serves.
Parents, guardians and caregivers are referred to CT General Statues Chapter 939, Sec. 53-21a regarding leaving children unsupervised at the library.

If a child is not able to leave the Library unaccompanied by an adult, he/she should not be in the Library without an adult. Parents should be aware that the Library is a public building open to all individuals. It is not the Library staff’s function or purpose to provide supervision or to care for children while parents or caregivers are outside the Library. The Library staff is not authorized to act in place of parents. Staff members are responsible for assisting all Library customers, but cannot adequately monitor unattended children. Staff will not monitor children leaving the Library.

Collection Management Guidelines
Pequot Library’s Collection Management Guidelines are meant as a guide for Library personnel and to inform the public about the principles upon which selection and maintenance are made.