Frequently Asked Questions — Wilton Library
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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Library and Its Services

 

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 etailauria@wiltonlibrary.org.
What are the Library’s hours?
The Wilton Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; and Sunday (September 12, 2010-June 12, 2011) 1pm-5pm.
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 reference@wiltonlibrary.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 circulation@wiltonlibrary.org.
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 the Wilton Community Calendar and our Events page.

The Collection

 

How many items does the Wilton Library own?
The Library’s collection totals more than 144,000 items including:

  • over 4200 adult audiobooks, over 232 teen audiobooks, over 625 children’s audiobooks, and over 200 Playaway audiobooks
  • over 5200 CDs of classical, jazz, and popular music
  • over 8300 films for adults, teens, and children, including television series
  • over 260 periodical subscriptions
  • over 2500 books in large print
  • fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and reference materials for adults and children
  • video games for teens and children
  • two Kindles, 5 MP3 players, and 5 kill-a-watt devices (to measure electricity usage)
  • USB language learning software from BYKI for Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, and more
What databases does the Wilton Library have?
On the public PCs at Wilton Library, patrons can search business information using ReferenceUSA, (a directory of over 10 million businesses in the US; this database also lists residential phone numbers, and the phone numbers of health care providers); magazine databases including EBSCO MasterFILE Elite; ReQuest (the combined catalog for all Connecticut libraries); a number of magazine and business databases available through iCONN; and four library-created databases (Wilton Business Directory, Wilton Community Organizations, Wilton Bulletin Index, Wilton Bulletin Obituary Index).  The Library also subscribes to BYKI Language Learning Software and JobsNow (available on our homepage).  These resources are available to Wilton residents (and many to all Connecticut residents) from home with your Wilton Library Card barcode. For a complete list, links to, and descriptions of these databases, see our Research Databases page.
Do you have the newest book by …?
You can search our catalog from home on the Web. The Library does try to acquire multiple copies of new books by popular authors as soon as they are available. If you would like to request that the Library consider purchasing an item or that we hold a copy for you when available, please complete our book request form or call the reference desk at 203-762-3950.

Miscellaneous

 

Who is in charge of the art exhibits?
Artist Ed MacEwen is in charge of our monthly art exhibits. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact him at 203-227-8502. If you are interested in purchasing one of the pieces on exhibit, stop by the circulation desk on your next visit.
When is the Wilton Library Book Sale?
The Wilton Library holds a major book sale annually. The browsers and collectors book sale is usually held in April. The library often has additional specialized book sales during the year.  These book sales will be listed on our Events page.  There is an ongoing book sale shelf in the library gallery.
Can I volunteer at the Wilton Library?
The Wilton Library often has volunteer opportunities available for volunteers of all ages and skills. Please complete this form or contact Karen Danvers at 203-762-3950, Ext. 247 for more information.
Does the Wilton Library rent meeting rooms?
Yes. Please refer to our Agreement for Use of Library Facilities for information about acceptable use of library facilities. To check date availability, please contact Karen Danvers at 203-762-3950, Ext. 247. You may download or view the application forms in .pdf format. [You can download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing .pdf files from Adobe's Web site.]
Does the Wilton Library accept donations of books?
Yes, books in good condition can be left in the gray boxes outside the Godfrey Place entrance. Donated books will either be added to the collection or sold in one of our book sales. Receipts for donated books are available either at the reference desk or at the circulation desk. Please note: the Library does not accept donations of magazines, condensed books, text books, or records. The Library stops accepting donations in late March and resumes again in May to allow time to prepare for the book sale. Recent issues of National Geographic (less than five years old) may be donated to the Darien Book Aid Plan in Noroton (203-656-2777). They also accept current textbooks. Textbooks must have clean white pages (no highlighting, underlining or other notations). Textbooks should only be of these types: literature, spelling, grammar, geography, high school business, economics, or physics. No classroom sets. Condensed books and recent magazines may be donated to the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown (203-270-2800).
Does the Wilton Library accept donations of other items?
Occasionally the Library will accept donations of other items. If you are interested in donating, please speak with our Director, Elaine Tai-Lauria at 203-762-3950.