Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain a library card?

We can sign you up for a library card at the Circulation Desk as long as you have a valid ID indicating that you live in Fairfield or Southport. If you live in another Connecticut town, you are welcome to check out our materials with your hometown library card.

Where can I return books?

A book drop for after-hours returns is located behind the Library, near the rear entrance. The book drop is emptied every morning, and returns are back-dated to the most recent day the Library was open for business. During Library hours you can return books at the Circulation Desk.

Do you have DVDs?

Pequot Library has a small collection of DVDs, located in the Stacks, available for patrons to check out. We can also request DVDs from our partner libraries, Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch. The loan period is seven days. Visit our catalog to browse our DVD holdings.

How can I support Pequot Library?

Pequot Library Association, a nonprofit organization, supports the library’s mission to bring literature, music, art, and the humanities to the community. As an association library, Pequot receives about 20% of its funding from the Town of Fairfield and relies on generous contributions from individual members for the majority of its funding. Support from private individuals makes possible the valuable library services and cultural events, such as concerts, lectures, and family programs, that Pequot Library provides for the community. Please visit our Support page for more information.

You can also support the Library by attending programs, donating books, volunteering, and participating in our Special Events.

Was the building 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 Town of Fairfield. It was designed by Robert H. Robertson and opened its doors to the public in March 1894. The Monroes moved to Tarrytown, NY, opening up the Great Lawn in front of the Library as you see it today.

Do you have a tutor space and other private rooms?

There are plenty of places to read or work in the Reading Room suite, Wright Classroom and Study Room. 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. The Wright Classroom has two tables and 12 chairs, and the Study Room has two desks and chairs. Our unique Auditorium is available for your planned event.

When are your book sales?

Pequot Library has three book sales each year: our flagship Summer Book Sale (July), our Mid-Winter Book Sale (February), and our Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale (November).

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