The Ridgefield Library strives to provide its patrons with access to the tools and skills they need to learn, work and play in an ever-changing technology environment. From personal productivity software to authoritative online databases, you can look to the Library for cost-effective technology solutions and expert staff guidance.
Personal Access Computers
Located near the Adult Service Desk and equipped with black & white and color printers and popular personal productivity software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint).
Color scanner and desk-top publishing software
Perfect for creating brochures and other promotional materials.
Numerous public workstations with printers and high-speed access to the Internet.
Free Wi-Fi network
Available throughout the building. Bring your wireless-ready laptop and log on automatically. No Library card is needed for basic access, but you will need a card for printing from wireless devices. Ridgefield residents should use their Ridgefield Library card. Residents of other towns in Connecticut should register their hometown library cards at Circulation first. Out-of-staters and those with no library card may get a guest pass at any reference desk.
Special Services & Equipment
The Library’s 3D printer is available for use by appointment by patrons who have completed an orientation session. Use is restricted to Ridgefield residents aged 12 and up. At this time, use of the 3D printer for most purposes is free-of-charge thanks to the Friends of the Library. Complicated or large projects may require special arrangements. Please read the 3D Printer Policy below or contact the Adult Services Desk for further information.
VHS to DVD Conversion
Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD? Reserve an individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only). Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.Contact Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski at 203-438-2282 x11003 or [email protected] to make an appointment. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for purchase of this equipment.
Do you want to use an online resources or a new technology but feel overwhelmed by the learning curve involved? Then Tech Topics are for you. Several times each month, we’ll pick a topic related to technology, and one of our staff will be available to answer your questions and demonstrate how to become an empowered user of online resources and electronic devices.
Tech Topics programs are made possible through the support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.
Senior Gold Card
If you are a Ridgefield resident aged 65 or older, you qualify for a free Ridgefield Senior Gold Card, which entitles you to discounts, freebies and special services at businesses and organizations around town.
At the Ridgefield Library, show your card to schedule a personal half-hour session with a librarian to take a tour of the Library or get one-on-one instruction on how to use our computerized “card catalog,” our downloadable audiobook and ebook service or one of our many electronic databases.
Presentation & Training Technology
The Library is pleased to offer the fully equipped Donofrio Technology Center for training and presentations by Library staff. At this time guidelines for use of the Technology Center by outside groups have not been determined.
Program rooms on the Library’s Lower Level offer a variety of presentation and performance technologies and are available for use according to established policies. See details.
Take your Library with you wherever you go with a variety of applications available for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
For reliable information while on the go, try EBSCO databases in a smartphone-friendly format. Access a wealth of information from MasterfileFILE Elite with searchable articles from over 1,000 periodicals. Search Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, HealthSource, and more. Read full text articles or save results for offline access at a later date.
Click here on your device for EBSCOHost specially formatted for your mobile device.
Download the app and then locate the Ridgefield Library in the navigation menu. Access popular databases including Biography in Context, General Reference Gold, Books and Authors, and more. When you’re on the road, use the app to find libraries within a ten-mile radius of your location.
App available for both Apple and Android devices.
Looking for a reading recommendation? Search for books by title, author, and series. Find book reviews and book discussion questions. Now you can access this powerful reader’s advisory tool in a mobile version designed for smaller screens.
WorldCat Mobile lets you search the worlds’ catalog of more than almost 150 million items in libraries worldwide in a smartphone friendly format. Use WorldCat to locate books, videos, audio recordings and other publication types.
Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks
Download eBooks and audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet with an internet connection. Once your download is complete, read or listen to a book wherever and whenever you choose.
App available for both Apple and Android devices or download software for Blackberry devices.
TumbleBook Library for children
This online collection of animated talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading now has titles that are compatible with the iPad and iPhone.
Coming soon! Pronunciator online language learning system
Keeping in Touch with the Ridgefield Library
Bookmark this page on your smartphone to view a listing of Ridgefield Library events specially formatted for your phone screen. Click Here to check out what’s happening at the library from any location.
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