The Arts

Contact: Adult Service Desk or call 203-438-2282 x201

The Ridgefield Library maintains a wide variety of classic to contemporary arts resources on visual art, artists, art instruction, illustration, photography, music (including sheet music), dance, opera, film, plays, acting and theatrical production, poetry, literary criticism, and more to support our vibrant arts community. We also maintain a database of Ridgefield authors, the Ridgefield Authors Online Directory, as well as a substantial collection of books by local authors.

Our Fine Arts collection is enhanced by a generous gift we receive in memory of Theodore Barnes, Jr. to purchase a significant number of books each year offered by Yale University Press. Many of these books are shelved in the Sara and Rudy Ruggles, Jr. Reading Room.

Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.

Literary Reference Center Plus

(EBSCO) Literary research and criticism including drama, and author/playwright biographies.

Biography Reference Bank

Original biographies from H.W. Wilson, including the trusted Biography Index. Covers 500,000 people.

Biography Reference Center

Over 450,000 biographies from EBSCO, including thousands of narrative biographies not available elsewhere.


Additional music and movie selections are available for free download through the Library’s subscription to hoopla.

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Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 168,570 CDs with more than 2,641,421 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Contents can be browsed by composer, artist, genre, category and label.  In addition to audio recordings, NML provides liner notes for many albums.  

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Library Materials

Circulating materials and most reference books are located on the Upper Level.

Books on art, photography, music, theater, dance, film, television, and radio are housed in the Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room. Opera recordings on CD and arts-related DVDs (visual arts, cartooning, music and musicians, theater performances, ballet, opera, and more) are also shelved in the Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room.

Plays (including a comprehensive Shakespeare collection), poetry, resources for writers, and literary criticism can be found in the Liz and Steven Goldstone Special Collections Room.

Print magazines and newspapers may be found in the Friends of the Library Reading Room.

Additional music CDs are shelved in the Bossidy Commons on the Main Level.

Great Courses college lectures on CD and DVD covering literature, music, art, and drama appreciation are in a separate section near the Adult Services Desk.

Books / DVD / CD

  • Acting and Monologues – 791–792 and 808.82
  • Architecture – 720’s
  • Art & Artists – 750’s
  • Art History – 709
  • Cinema/Movies/Film – 791.43
  • Dance – 792–793
  • Music – 780’s
  • Photography – 770’s
  • Plays, American – 812.5
  • Plays, International – 822–899
  • Shakespeare – 822.33


  • Architectural Digest
  • Art in America
  • Art News**
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Outdoor Photographer**
  • Poetry
  • Popular Photography
  • Rolling Stone

**Indicates magazines that are only available on RBDigital


Ridgefield Authors Online Directory

Contact: Christie Mitchell or call 203-438-2282 x12004 

Ridgefield—dubbed “the Lenox of Connecticut” in the early 1900s—has a proud literary past, with some of the most prominent authors and publishing figures of their time, including: legendary publishers who had summer houses here, such as E.P. Dutton and Henry Holt; influential magazine editors such as Henry Luce; authors, many of whom wrote some of their most important work here, such as Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Allan Nevins, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Robert Lewis Taylor, futurist Alvin Toffler, novelist Howard Fast, the notorious newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler (himself a Pulitzer recipient), journalist/playwright Clare Booth Luce, popular history writer Cornelius Ryan, as well as Roz Chast and Maurice Sendak.

This collaborative directory is a project of the Ridgefield Library, started in conjunction with the Town of Ridgefield’s 300th anniversary celebration in 2008 and updated in 2011. A revised, expanded, and updated online directory of authors with Ridgefield connections was completed in 2011 thanks to author Victoria Secunda for research and writing of the revised edition and to Jenna Dubin for technical assistance. The directory continues to be updated on an ongoing basis since 2011.

We invite you to add details you may have about these and other authors who have lived in Ridgefield, however briefly. We welcome reminiscences, links to authors’ websites, and other comments. Please contact us to contribute to this project.

Ridgefield Authors: Contact us to be added to the directory. You may fill out the PDF Ridgefield Author Information Sheet with information you would like to provide for your directory listing


Notable Ridgefielders

Compiled by Jack Sanders of the Ridgefield Press

Library Materials

The Library owns copies of books by many of the authors listed in the directory. Use the Catalog search to see what is available. Ridgefield Author books may be added to the Library’s main collection or to the Ridgefield Authors collection located in the Randolph Board Room. Additional materials may be obtainable via Inter-Library Loan.