Getting and Using Your Library Card
Your Ridgefield Library card is your key to a treasure trove of riches. With it you can borrow any of our more than 100,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, and other materials, and even access the holdings of many other libraries. It also allows you to use our computer resources, including remote access to many valuable research tools and downloadable materials.
Getting or Renewing a Ridgefield Library Card
Any Ridgefield resident is entitled to a free library card. You will need to complete an application and present proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill with street address, etc.) at the Circulation Desk. New card registrants may choose from any of eight available designs, six of which include a keychain card.
There is a $1 fee for replacement of a lost card. Verification of identification will be required; a responsible parent or guardian must approve in person or writing the issuing of a replacement card to a minor.
Cards are valid for two years. If you have provided an email address, a reminder will be sent notifying you of the impending expiration. To renew out-of-date cards, you must come in to the Library and show proof of your Ridgefield address at the Circulation Desk. Check-out, renewal, and other transactions may be blocked if your card is expired or due to expire imminently.
Children through age 17 may have their own card, with the signature and proof of Ridgefield residency of a responsible parent or legal guardian.
Out-of-state residents may obtain one card for family use at the Ridgefield Library only for $75 per year. Those who own property or work in Ridgefield may inquire about a waiver of this fee.
New cardholders receive a welcome packet including a coupon for a personal guided tour of the Library. Contact the Adult Services Department to schedule your visit. They also receive two vouchers good for admission to the HD Film Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse, featuring world-class performances from the Metropolitan Opera, the National Theatre of London and the Bolshoi Ballet. Thanks to our friends at the Playhouse for this special welcome gift.
Please report any changes of phone, mail, or email addresses to the Circulation Department promptly.
Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges
Your local library card may be used at most public libraries in Connecticut, through a state program called borrowIT CT. You may need to register your card with a new library before taking advantage of this privilege; you may also be required to show the wallet card, which contains identifying data not found on the keychain version.
Books borrowed from other libraries may be returned to the Ridgefield Library, and we will send them to the proper library.
Residents of other Connecticut towns may borrow items from the Ridgefield Library by showing a valid card from their hometown library. Patrons of non-Bibliomation libraries will also need to show an ID. An expired card must be renewed at your hometown library before your visit.
Managing Your Account
Check the My Account feature on our website for details of items checked out, fines due, reserves pending, and other information. You may try to renew items via these pages. You may elect to save a history of your checkouts also.
A printed receipt is available for all checkouts.
Overdue notices are issued by email. Reminder notices about items coming due are emailed three days ahead of time.
Notice of reserve items awaiting your pick-up will be sent by email, unless you have specified text or phone notification.