How do I...

…ask a librarian?

You can email our staff at ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or call 203.291.4840.  For the Children’s Library staff, email kids [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or call 203.291.4810.  Or you can submit a form online.

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…donate materials?

Bring your used books to the donation bins at the Library’s Circulation Desk. To request pickup of donated items, send an email to booksales [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.


…download an audiobook?

Listen to a huge selection of audiobooks with Hoopla Digital or the iConn audiobooks collection using your library card. Find out more.


…download music?

Log into the Freegal music collection using your library card. Find out more.


…find a good book?

Browse the Library staff’s recommendations for good books, DVDs, music, and audiobooks.  


…find a job at the Library?

Employment opportunities at the Library are posted from time to time.  You may also fill out an application for employment at the Library’s Circulation Desk.


…find magazine articles?

Full-text magazine articles are available online.  Reference librarians will be glad to assist you in finding what you need.  The Library also subscribes to more than 300 print magazines, which are located in the reading rooms near the Circulation Desk.  Back issues for many titles are available near the Reference Desk or on microfilm.  


…get a library card?

Westport residents may register at the Library or online. You may get a library card at the Circulation Desk or in the Children’s Library. You will be asked to provide proof of residence (driver's license, lease, etc.). Residents of other Connecticut towns may borrow from the Library’s collection with a current library card from their hometown library. If you have any questions, send an email to circulation [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or call 203.291.4805.


…access digital services if I don’t live in Westport?

Out-of-state residents who do not work in Westport and residents of other Connecticut towns may purchase a Westport Library card which allows access to the same privileges and services as Westport residents. With a Westport Library card, you can access special databases remotely, as well as in the Library (Grants and Foundation Center, Morningstar, Ancestry.com and the Lexis part of LexisNexis is only available in the Library). You can also use the card to download ebooks without charge from Freading or 3M Cloud Library, and free music from Freegal. The annual cost of obtaining a Westport Library card is $200 for individuals and $400 for families. For more information, send an email to circulation [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or call 203.291.4805.


…get to the Library?

The Library is located at 20 Jesup Road in Westport, alongside the Saugatuck River and south of the Post Road. View or print directions.


…receive notices by email?

The Library has upgraded to a more efficient, easier-to-use catalog system, Polaris, which will enable users to receive email notices directly from the library, rather than through the third party service known as Elf.

Card holders are requested to supply email addresses to the Library to allow for a seamless transition to the new system.  Providing or updating email addresses can be done in person, over the phone or through the existing online catalog.


…renew an item?

  1. Go to My Account
  2. Enter your library card barcode number leaving no spaces (or username). Then type in the last four digits of your telephone number.  Click on Login.
  3. A list of items checked out on your library card appears.
  4. Check the box for each item you wish to renew.
  5. Click on the "Renew" button. The new due date will appear on the screen. If you have any questions or problems while renewing materials, call 203.291.4805 or send an email to circulation [at] westportlibrary [dot] org requesting assistance.

…request an item from another library?

The reQuest statewide library catalog lists items in libraries throughout Connecticut. You may place your own Interlibrary Loan request or email the Reference staff at ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for help.


…reserve a computer?

While in the Library, use your library card to log onto any available public computer.  To reserve computer time, use the reservation station near the Reference Desk.  Reservations are accepted for the same day only. In the Children’s Library, see a staff member. For more information, email the Reference staff at ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.


…reserve a meeting room?

Meeting rooms are available at the Library for community use, and small conference rooms are available for individuals or small groups.  Find out more


…reserve an item?

  1. Go to the library catalog.
  2. Enter the item you are searching for.  Enter keywords and click on "go" or begin an advanced search by clicking on the "advanced search" button. 
  3. When the item is displayed, click on “Place Hold.” 
  4. Enter your library card barcode number leaving no spaces (or choose a username). Then type in the last four digits of your telephone number.  Click on Login.
  5. Review your information as displayed - if it is correct click on "Place Hold."
  6. Click on "Return to Searching" to place more holds, or “Log Out" if you are finished.  If you have any questions or problems while renewing materials, call 203.291.4805 or email circulation [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

…see what I have out?

  1. Go to the library catalog "Items Out/Renew" page.
  2. Enter your library card barcode number leaving no spaces. Then type in the last four digits of your telephone number.  Click on Login.
  3. A list of items checked out on your library card appears. If you have any questions or problems while reviewing your record, call 203.291.4805 or email circulation [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

…sign up for enews?

We offer weekly enews on a variety of topics. Please choose as many as you would like.
Enter your email address and choose your interests here...


…support the Library?

There are many ways to contribute to the Library, including the Annual Appeal, memorial and tribute gifts, gifts of securities, Book Bucks, and more. Find out how you can give to the Westport Library.


…use WiFi in the Library?

WiFi access is available throughout the Library building in addition to the picnic table area and parking lot. Find out more.


…volunteer at the Library?

Volunteers help the Library in many ways, from book sales to art openings to special programs.  Find out more.