Due to the current status of COVID-19 activity in our community and at the advice of the Stratford Health Department, the Stratford Library building is closed to the public until further notice. At this time, we do not have a projected date for reopening. However, Library services will continue to be available remotely, with staff on hand from 9:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. We appreciate your continued patience during this time.
Are there any library resources I can use while Stratford Library is closed?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, which can be accessed from the comfort of home using your Stratford Library card.
- All of our ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines, streaming services, and more can be found at: http://stratfordlibrary.org/download/.
- Download ebooks and eaudiobooks from OverDrive and RBDigital.
- Digital magazines are available with Flipster.
- Download and/or stream music for free using Freegal.
- Find music, movies, television shows, comics, ebooks, and eaudiobooks on Hoopla.
- Visit Tumblebooks for a collection of children’s books, games, and more.
- TumbleBook Library has books for children in grades 3-6.
- Discover online articles, classes, language lessons and more on our research page: http://stratfordlibrary.org/research/.
What is happening to library programs & events?
The Library is offering a growing variety of online activities and programs in lieu of on-site events. Check our Calendar of Events and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter) for details and updates. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, too: https://bit.ly/2JDoNHC.
How can I support my child at this time?
Our Children’s Librarians are offering virtual storytimes and other online programs. Check our Calendar of Events. To join the fun, you’ll need to download Zoom software. Contact us if you need help! Also, please see our Healing Library: Coping with Coronavirus page.
What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all circulating materials that are currently checked out have been extended to June 30th. No late fees will accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.
Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
At this time, you can drop off materials via our book drops.
What if some of my holds are ready for pickup?
Holds that are listed as ready for pickup will be held on the shelf until further notice. Please disregard the pick-up by date listed in your account.
Why can’t I place new holds through the catalog?
While we are closed to the public, staff are unable to process holds on items, so to avoid a backlog, we are temporarily disabling holds on physical items. However, you can still access and place holds on ebooks and eaudiobooks through the Overdrive and Libby app.
Can I apply for a library card?
If you need to obtain a new card, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All library cards scheduled to expire have been extended until June 30th. If you encounter a problem, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
I have a question about my account. Is there anyone who can help me?
If you have any questions about your account, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
If you need assistance with our online services, our Reference Librarians are available by calling 203-385-4164, submitting a message via the new chat feature on our home page, or emailing email@example.com.
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