Why is it called the Wilton Library Association? Why not Wilton Public Library?
The Wilton Library Association was founded in 1895 as a private subscription library before the widespread creation of public libraries in the United States. While we serve as the public library for the town of Wilton and have not charged subscriber fees in many decades, the Association remains a private, non-profit institution which relies on donations to maintain its collection and services.
How is the Wilton Library funded?
Donations fund 100% of the collection (including books, online databases, magazines and newspapers, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks). These are raised in our annual Friends appeal. An annual grant from the Town of Wilton covers about three-quarters of our operating expenses.
How can I donate to the Wilton Library?
The Friends of the Wilton Library will accept donations by check, cash, credit card, or United Way designation. We will also accept direct donations of securities. You may print out a donation form (in .pdf format) from our Web site or pick one up at the circulation desk. The Wilton Library also accepts donations of books and other items. [You can download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing .pdf files from Adobe's Web site.] If you are interested in setting up a memorial fund, giving a memorial gift, or making a designated one-time donation please contact the Director, Elaine Tai-Lauria, at 203-762-3950 Ext. 215 or email@example.com.
What are the Library's hours?
The Wilton Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; and Sunday 1pm-5pm. The library is closed on Sundays from Mid-June through Labor Day.
Who can use the Wilton Library?
Anyone is welcome to use any resource in the Library including Internet workstations, the reference collection, and the services of the reference librarians.
FREE borrowing privileges are available to:
- Wilton residents over the age of 5
- out of state residents employed by Wilton businesses
- persons employed on a live-in basis in Wilton
- all Connecticut residents upon presentation of a valid card from their home town library
How long can I keep an item? What are the overdue charges?
A complete listing of our loan periods and overdue charges is available here.
How do I contact the Wilton Library by email?
The Library has a number of email addresses:
You may also use our Contact Us page to reach individual staff members.
Can I search the catalog from home?
The Web Catalog is available at http://catalog.wiltonlibrary.org/polaris.
Check out our Quick Start Guide for help using the catalog.
Can I ask a reference question online?
You may submit your question to our reference staff using this online form or you may email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also phone us with your question -- dial 203-762-3950, Ext. 211.
Can I have my books delivered to me at home?
Yes. Our At Your Service: At Home books-by-mail program allows you to request books and other library materials to be mailed to you at home. To sign up for this program or get more information, please call our Head of Circulation at 203-762-3950, Ext. 238. You may also send email to email@example.com.
Does the Wilton Library have computers for public use?
We have Internet workstations in the Adult area, the Teen Library, and the Children's Library. These computers also have Microsoft Office 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
What other equipment does the Wilton Library have available for the public?
The Library has a typewriter, fax machine, and two photocopiers for public use (in the Business Center near the Reference Desk). We have a CD player and a turntable, each with headphones, for onsite use. For our vision-impaired patrons we have an Optelec reader in the adult reference area. We also have two assistive technology workstations (one in the Adult area and one in the Children's Library).
Does the Wilton Library offer computer classes?
We offer various computer classes, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Our offerings are available on our Computer Classes page.
Does the Wilton Library have programs for children?
Among the programs available are storytimes for children ages 1 through 6 (through age 8 in summer), arts and crafts programs, special concerts, and a summer reading program. For information about currently scheduled programs, please contact the Children's Services department at 203-762-3950, Ext. 217.
Are there any book discussion groups at the Wilton Library?
The Wilton Library sponsors a monthly lunchtime group, Wilton Library Readers, with professional leader Susan Boyar. They meet the second Wednesday of every month from September through May (no meeting in December). A list of titles and a full schedule can be found on the group's page. All are welcome; meetings are informal; bring your lunch. In addition, the Library hosts special programs. Please watch the newspapers, the bulletin boards in the Library, and our website for announcements. All Library programs are posted on our Events page.