Library Services

To minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the library building will reopen to the public on a limited, appointment-based basis on Wednesday, September 2.  Please contact the Reference Department (by phone: 203-426-4533, text: 475-215-2754, or email:  help@chboothlibrary.org) starting at 9 am the business day before your desired appointment.

Beginning Thursday, October 1, the library will be open on a limited basis, no appointment needed, during the following hours: 

  • Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 3 PM
  • Thursdays have an additional open time slot from 5 to 7 PM
  • And, Saturdays 10 AM to 1 PM

There are also many other ways to obtain library services as follows:

Patio grab-and-go service is available

The library has a grab-and-go patio browsing service. Hours for patio service are: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays noon to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This service is also VERY weather dependent, so if it is really hot outside, or rain is forecast, please give us a call first to make sure that the service is available.

Before you visit: Please read this important statement for guidelines on using library services. (click here)

Curbside service is available

Use any of the library’s means of communication to ask for materials Monday through Friday 10 am  to 4 pm.

The best way is to use the Evergreen catalog with your library card.

You can text: 475-215-2754

You can call: 203-426-4533

You can chat right here on our website – just click “Ask A Librarian”

You can email: help@chboothlibrary.org

When your items have been retrieved, you will receive a notice that they are ready. Please call us or email help@chboothlibrary.org to set up a pickup time on our front lawn on Main Street at our tent.

Pickups are by appointment only: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last minute requests are not encouraged.  Please be patient!

Please let us know if you require assistance or if you need your items delivered to your trunk.

Returns and Renewals

The regular book drop is open and you can return library materials 24/7/366!  (Leap year!)  The book drop is in our back parking lot.

Please remember that all returns are being held for 96 hours prior to check-in, for safety purposes. Due to high volume, it can take some time after the initial 96 hours for your items to be checked into our system. But please rest assured: we are back-dating and checking items in according to the date they actually came back. If something is on your account that shouldn’t be, please check it again in a few days before calling us. We’re doing our absolute best to process returns safely and in a timely manner!

NOTE: All library materials that were checked out at the time of library closure in March were automatically renewed for you until July 1. To see what you still have checked out, and for items checked out via curbside & patio service, please check your account online for due dates and to renew materials.

Subscribe to our mailing list here to be the first to know of news and developments.

We are working hard behind the scenes to start in-person library programs again.. Subscribe to one of the library’s many communication forms here to receive updates about programs and news.

Take a look at our calendar for upcoming online programs!  Also go to our new YouTube channel for great videos for children our staff has made, as well as some book recommendations and how-to videos for adults.

Follow the Young Adult department’s new Instagram account for YA-specific news, book recommendations, and more fun stuff!

Services will continue to be phased in using this document as a guide. We have received a state certification, and continue to offer a wide variety of digital services, resources, and media, accessible 24/7 online.

Check out our new texting/messaging feature!  Click on the Ask a Librarian red logo in the bottom right of the screen, and we will either respond immediately (usually during regular office hours) or it will send an email to our help desk and we will get back to you.  If you are on the go, try texting us at  475-215-2754 if you have a brief question.

Check out our new Digital Branch   —with our ongoing and our new services organized for easy use!

Do you have questions? Want to reach a library staff person? For a response, please email us at help@chboothlibrary.org.

We miss you and hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We can’t wait to see you again.


Access Library Resources 24/7

Many of these online resources requires a valid C.H. Booth library card.  If your card was close to expiring, it has been automatically renewed until October 1.  If your card already expired, you will need to contact us to update it. If you are a Newtown resident and you don’t have a card, apply for your temporary library card online today:

Apply Online
If you still have physical materials checked out from the peak COVID period of mid-March through the end of June, no fines were being charged. Now those materials are accruing fines, so please get those materials back to us to avoid replacement charges.  Please contact us if you have questions of any kind and we are more than happy to help.

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