About the Southbury Public Library
On Nov. 26, 1776, an entry in David’s Hicock’s diary provides evidence that South Britain had a library in the 18th century. Other reports indicate that the library was in private homes and moved periodically from house to house. By the late 1800’s the books had been moved to Munson’s Hall, a social hall behind what was, until the 20th century, the South Britain Post Office. In 1891, a diary entry said Abbie Mitchell earned 50 cents for her two-hour stint as librarian. In 1904, Axel Wilson built the South Britain Library on land donated by the Mitchell family. Until 1969, the library was a private association, not a Town function. A library was built at Main Street South in 1969 with an addition added in 1981. As the town continued to grow, it constructed a new state of the art library at 100 Poverty Road in 2006.
The library is a department of the Town of Southbury with its own 6 member Board of Directors (and 3 alternate members) who oversee library policies.
The Southbury Public Library
Transforming lives through EDUCATING, INSPIRING, and CONNECTING
The Heart of the Community
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.