About the Southbury Public Library
The Southbury Public Library, located at 100 Poverty Road, was opened on May 6, 2006. This new building is Southbury’s cultural and educational center of the community enjoyed by people of all ages.
The library is a department of the Town of Southbury, with its own 9-member Board of Directors who oversee library policies. Its mission is to provide an accessible and attractive central source of information, recreation, and education for the town of Southbury.
The Southbury Library is dedicated to be the source of information and knowledge for Southbury. The Library is the gateway to life-long learning, enrichment, and entertainment. As the heart of the community, we provide a welcoming, accessible, comfortable and safe environment that will be flexible and adaptable to changing library services and technology.
The Library has a collection of more than 104,296 volumes and electronic access to the holdings of 300 Connecticut libraries throughout the state via interlibrary loan. We also have an extensive collection of books in large print. The Library subscribes to more than 90 magazines and 14 newspapers. The Library has a significant collection of audio books and music CDs, and a growing collection of DVDs. The Library also participates in a DVD Circuit that offers additional titles each month.
The Children’s Department provides a safe, nurturing and culturally stimulating environment for children and adults that will encourage lifelong reading and learning. Books are separated by age appropriateness. For babies, there are Tiny Tot Board Books. There is an extensive Picture Book Collection for pre-school children. Beginners Readers are divided into two categories: Emergent Readers and Beginner Readers. In addition to Fiction and Non-Fiction areas, there are also separate poetry, language and graphic novel areas. The following services are available in this department: computers, audio books, CD-ROMs, music collection, educational toys, DVDs/videos and magazines. In addition, a variety of children programs are regularly offered.
The Teen Area of the Southbury Public Library is a gathering place for teens to meet with friends, do homework, and find materials to check out. We also offer reader’s advisory support. We will assist you in finding information on any subject, books for projects or pleasure reading. Take home the latest releases in books, music and movies. Check our calendar of events for ongoing and special programs.
The Reference Deptartment staff is here to help you answer questions and to assist you in using the online catalog and databases along with all other library services. We are located on the main level of the library next to the Brinker Fireplace room.