Using the Library
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Researchers are welcome to utilize Pequot Library’s print and electronic collections. A library card is not necessary unless you wish to check out material. If you have questions, please ask at the Front Desk. We will be glad to assist you with your search.
Adult and Young Adult Collections
Books, Audiobooks, Newspapers, and Magazines for adults and young adults are housed in the Main Reading Room, the May/Southport Conservancy Room, the Rennell/Soper Room, and the Stack Wing. The Stack Wing consists of two floors: the main floor (known as “The Stacks”) and the upper level (known as “The Mezzanine”).
The Main Reading Room features new books for adults including Biographies, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Oversized, Travel and Large Print as well as New Books and Audiobooks for Young Adults.
The May/Southport Conservancy Room contains new Audiobooks for adults as well as Magazines. It is located off of the Main Reading Room, near the fireplace.
The Rennell/Soper Room contains Newspapers. It is situated off of the Main Reading Room, near the Front Entrance.
The Stacks hold materials older than six months. These include Biographies, Fiction, Books for Young Adults, Audiobooks, and books in Large Print. (Note: All works of fiction are organized alphabetically by the authors’ last names.) Pequot Library does not separate Mysteries, Westerns or Romance. These items will be located in Fiction shelved by the author’s last name.
The Mezzanine, located just above the Stacks, houses Non-Fiction books. These items are organized by subject using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Standard sized books make up one full range of the Dewey Decimal System, whereas Oversized materials are shelved separately—after the range of regular books—in their own sequence of Dewey Decimal numbers. Oversized books have distinctive call numbers, which include either the letter “Q” or the letters “OV” on their spine labels. Click here for Floor Plan of Pequot Library.
The Children’s Collection is located in the back area of the Library. There are separate sections for Picture Books, Parenting, Audiobooks, Videos and DVDs, Biography, Easy Readers, Board Books, Phonics, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. The Children’s Librarian is happy to help! Please click here for more information about the Children’s Room and the many programs offered there.
Also, take a look in our Research & Reference section for databases and websites that may be of help. There is a list by subject and also an alphabetical list which can be scrolled through.
Pequot Library is known for its Special Collections. The majority of the Special Collections are currently housed off-site, awaiting the completion of the Library’s new addition which will include a state-of-the-art home for all of the collections. The collections include the 1859 Bien Edition of Audubon’s Birds of America as well as many other significant items. For more information about Pequot Library’s Special Collections, please click here.
Genealogy and Local History
Pequot Library is also known for its Genealogy and Local History Collection, a part of the Special Collections. The collection is currently available on a very limited basis. Please call ahead if you are coming from a distance. The Library sponsors a Genealogy Roundtable the second Saturday of each month from October through June. Genealogists Betty Oderwald and Bill Stansfield will help answer your questions.