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Visiting New Canaan Library: Current Information

New Canaan Library is open to visitors for browsing, computer use, and limited seating. Please bring your library card to borrow materials at our self-checkout stations.

In accordance with the guidance from the State of CT and the CDC, beginning on Tuesday, June 8th, masks will continue to be required of any person entering the Library who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks will be required of everyone entering and using the Children’s Library. Masks will be optional for individuals entering the Library who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We thank all members of our community for being respectful and considerate.

Private meeting rooms and conference rooms are not available at this time, nor is access to our lower level. Most programs remain virtual, with the exception of select in-person, outdoor programs as weather permits.

As the pandemic situation evolves, our policies are subject to frequent change. Please join our email list and check our website for current information.

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 9AM – 7PM

Friday 9AM – 5PM

Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Closed Sunday

Returns are accepted at our outdoor book drop 24 hours daily

What in-person services are available?

Browsing the Main Library

  • We ask that all unvaccinated visitors to the Library wear a mask inside the building, including all children between the ages of 2-11.
  • Adult, Teen, and DVD borrowing available via self-service checkout. Please bring your library card or library card number
  • Reference and technology assistance available by appointment via our Book a Librarian form HERE.
  • Computer Center with access to Internet and Microsoft Office. After 60 minutes, you may be asked to leave if others are waiting
  • Black & White (15 cents/page) and Color Printing (50 cents/page) – please bring small bills or change to use at the print release station
  • Photocopier and document scanner are available for self-service. Please bring small bills or change to use at the print release station
  • Faxing available at Information Desk (exact change only please: $1 per page)

Browsing the Children’s Library

  • Children under 12 must always be accompanied by an adult; all adults and children over 2 must always wear a mask inside the Children’s Room
  • Please be considerate of others’ personal space and time spent in the Children’s Room
  • Children’s book and DVD browsing and borrowing available via self-service checkout. Please bring your library card or library card number
  • No children’s internet computers, toys, or play area available at this time

Health & Safety Precautions

  • Plexiglass partitions are installed at Service Desks
  • No food permitted in the Library
  • Frequent cleaning of the building, high-touch areas, and service points throughout the day
  • Hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the building

Services NOT currently available in person

  • Tables and seating are limited to provide ample spacing in the Library’s public areas (Seating cannot be guaranteed)
  • Meeting Rooms and Conference Rooms are not available
  • All toys have been removed from the Children’s Room
  • Access to the Library’s lower level is for staff only
  • Book donations are no longer accepted
  • Notary services are not available
  • Curtis Gallery exhibitions temporarily suspended
  • Most programs, lectures, and workshops remain virtual at this time, with the exception of select outdoor in-person programs as weather permits


For the Information desk, call 203.594.5003 or email [email protected]
For the Children’s Room, call 203.594.5002 or email [email protected]
For Circulation, call 203.594.5001 or email [email protected]

If you cannot wear a mask for health reasons, please contact us to arrange access to our materials.


Updated: 5/17/2021