Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Milford Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. At this time, we do not have a projected date for reopening.
Are there any library resources I can use while the Milford Library is closed?
Yes! The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, which can be accessed from the comfort of home using your Milford Public Library card. We have also started curbside pick-up of physical materials.
- Information on ebooks, eaudiobooks, and digital magazines can be found at: https://www.ci.milford.ct.us/node/74751.
- Visit the Milford Public Library Children's page for Virtual program information, ebooks and learning resources specifically for children.
- Our Young Adult page has information on summer reading, fun programs and volunteer opportunities for middle and high school students.
- Discover online articles, classes, language lessons and more on our 24/7 research page: https://www.ci.milford.ct.us/public-library/pages/library-databases
- Staff have compiled a Resource Center of interesting links found on the web.
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 Program Calendar 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://www.ci.milford.ct.us/subscribe
How can I support my child at this time?
Our Youth Services Librarians are offering virtual storytimes, summer reading incentives and other online programs. Check the Milford Public Library Children's page or the Milford Public Library Young Adult page for a current listing of programs. Contact the Children's Department (203-783-3312) or the Young Adult Department (203-701-4554) if you need help using the online platforms.
What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
We are not charging late fees at this time, but please try to return your materials on time as others may be waiting.
Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
The outside book return at our lower level entrance is open. The New Haven Avenue return that deposits materials inside the building will remain locked. Returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in and removed from your patron account. However, there is no rush to return materials. You may still keep all materials currently checked out until we re-open to the public and no overdue fines will be charged. We are opening the outside return so that staff can begin to process what we anticipate will be a heavy volume of items. Please do NOT drop off any donations. We currently do not have the staff or volunteers to process them and they will be discarded. Our statewide library delivery system is not yet operational; if returned items belong to another library, there will be a delay in getting them returned.
What if some of my holds are ready for pickup?
We now have curbside pick-up! The only items available for pickup will be items placed on hold through our online catalog, or via telephone or email request. Patrons will be limited to 5 holds at one time. Our statewide and consortia delivery systems are not operating so you will not be able to place holds on items from other libraries. Any library materials that were ready for your pickup before we closed will be held for you until we re-open. UPDATE: We are scheduling appointments to ensure patron and staff safety. Please be patient as we work out procedures for this new service!
Can I apply for a library card?
If you need a library card to access our collection of ebooks, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines, or to place reserves on physical material, Milford residents can register for our Digital Access card. Contact the library at 203-783-3304, or go to our catalog and click on the Get a Library Card link to start the process (Note: This link may not be available on your mobile device). You MAY use this card to place holds on physical items.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
Please call the Circulation Desk at 203-783-3304 for card renewals.
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 Circulation Desk at 203-783-3304.
If you need assistance with our online services, our Reference Librarians are available by calling 203-783-3292 or emailing [email protected].