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 Collection

The Library has a collection of more than 91,953 volumes and electronic access to the holdings of 300 Connecticut libraries throughout the state via reQuest. We also have an extensive collection of books in large print. The Library subscribes to more than 100 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

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 Department

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 Department

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.

Lending Policies

Library Card Registration To borrow books and other materials, all that is needed is a valid hometown library card. Southbury cards are available to residents 5 years old or older with proof of Southbury residency. Parents are responsible for their children’s choice of reading material. Non-residents may use their valid library card from their hometown. If …

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Directions & Hours

The Southbury Public Library is located at 100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT Via I-84 Eastbound Take Exit 14 in Southbury; left at end of ramp onto Route 172. Right at first traffic light onto Main Street South. Through two traffic lights. At the third, take a left down the hill between the bank and Walgreens. …

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Art Gallery

Jeff Pudlinski “Our Natural World”  Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, May 4 The Photography Show/Exhibit Series “Our Natural World” –A World Like we’ve Never Seen by Jeff Pudlinski will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery in the Southbury Public Library from Tuesday, April 1until Sunday, May 4, 2014. Jeff  Pudlinski is an award …

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Recording Studio

  Southbury Public Library is proud to host an outstanding, well-equipped recording studio for CVSBH, a private, non-profit corporation that provides audio reading materials for the Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Southbury studio was established in 1985 and is one of only five in the state. Since then, CVSBH – …

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InterLibrary Loan

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) transaction is a request to borrow materials not owned by the Southbury Public Library. This is a free service to all patrons with a valid Connecticut library card. A library cardholder may request up to five library materials, except DVDs and videos. Requested items must be published one year prior to …

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Contact Us

Southbury Public Library 100 Poverty Rd Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 262-0626 Head Librarian Shirley Thorson: ext. 140 Assistant Head Librarian & Children’s Librarian Joan Stokes: ext. 112 Children’s & Teen Departments: ext. 110 Circulation Desk: ext. 100 Reference Department: ext. 130 Reach us by email Head Librarian: Shirley Thorson sthorson@biblio.org Reference Department: Katherine Mostacero kmostacero@biblio.org Emily …

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Vincent & Rachel Sinopoli

Donor Reception

The Southbury Public Library Benefactors’ Reception was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Southbury Public Library. The reception was to thank the many supporters of the library and to honor Lu Burke and her extraordinary bequest. The food was donated by the Naugatuck Savings Bank. The wine was donated by Vincent and Rachel Sinopoli …

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