Special Collections

Library-related excerpts from Mary Hawley’s will. Click the image for more

Antiques & Collectibles

The Antiques and Collectibles Collection includes more than 3,000 books, many generously donated by R. Scudder Smith, publisher of Antiques and the Arts Weekly and The Newtown Bee.

Local Authors Collection

The Local Authors Collection contains works by past and present Newtown authors and illustrators.  Although the copies in this collection are for in-library use only, circulating copies may be available.  Please ask at the Reference Desk.

Genealogy

The Genealogy Room houses the Julia Brush Collection of published genealogies and local histories on Newtown and Danbury area families. The genealogy room also has an extensive collection of Connecticut and New England resource material.  Please call the Reference desk at 203-426-4533, ext. 26 or email reference@chboothlibrary.org for more information about using the genealogy research material at the library.  Our genealogy page has details about the collection as well as online resources for genealogists.

Connecticut & Local History Collection

In addition to material in our Genealogy Room, we have both circulating material and reference books on Connecticut history, and individual town histories with an emphasis on Newtown and other communities in Fairfield County. This material includes books on geography, place names, general and photographic histories, and biographical resources.

For more information about any of our special collections, please contact the Reference Department 203-426-4533, ext. 26 or email  reference@chboothlibrary.org

Accessibility

Wheelchair

We now have a wheelchair for patron use. Ask us to meet you, or ask for its use at the Children’s desk.

Patio Pick Up
When you reserve a time for patio pick up, please request accommodations if you need it and we will bring your items out to your car.
Home Delivery Service– Through Words on Wheels, staff will deliver your items to your home. Please call for more information and to make a reservation.

Audiobooks
We have audiobooks on CD as well as in downloadable formats.

Large print books
We have a collection of large print books. Let us know what you’d like!

Technology
We have Chromebook laptops and iPad tablets.
We have WiFi hotspots for lending.
All computers within the library have large fonts on screen available. Additionally, we have larger keyboards available.

Staff assistance
If you have difficulty bending or reaching for materials, staff will gladly assist you in the Library.

Additional resources
The Connecticut State Library provides free mail loans of books through the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Materials include recorded and Braille books and magazines, as well as playback equipment.
We have a magnifying glass for small text in print books.