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. Get one for every member of your family today!

Contact: Circulation Department 203-438-2282 x1007 circulationdesk@ridgefieldlibrary.org


New Library Card Designs Now Available!!

Five new custom card designs are now available, created by winners of our recent Library Card Design Contest. Congratulations to the talented winners in all five categories!

New card registrants can choose one of these creative designs at no charge, and existing cardholders may upgrade to the new designs for a $1.00 replacement fee.

The "red bird" card designed several years ago by Jamison Odone is also still available for purchase, at the new price of $1.00.

Please bring your existing card with you if you wish to transfer your account to a special edition card.

Designer library cards also make great holiday gifts for your favorite readers.  Inquire at the Circulation Desk about purchase for just $1.00 (gift notecard and evnelope included for your convenience).  Please note that gift cards must be brought into the Circiulation Desk to be activated before they can be used for check-out or online services.


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. Each patron is issued a set of cards, one regular wallet-sized card and one keychain card. New card registrants may choose from any of the 8 available designs. There is a $1.00 fee for replacement of a lost card or for upgrading to one of the designer cards..

Cards are valid for two years. To renew out-of-date cards, come in to the Library and show proof of your address at the Circulation Desk.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 residency of a parent or guardian.

Out-of-state residents may obtain a card for use at the Ridgefield Library only for $50 per year per family. 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 Assistant Director Mary Rindfleisch at 203-438-2282 x1009 to schedule your visit.

Please report any changes in 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 ConnectiCard. 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.


Managing your Account

Check the My Account feature in our Online Public Access Catalog for details of items checked out, fines due, reserves pending and other information.

A printed receipt is available for all circulation transactions, but due dates are no longer stamped on individual items.

Overdue notices are issued by email, as are reminder notices about items coming due sent several days ahead of time.

Notice of reserve items awaiting your pick-up may be received by email or phone.

Elf logoLibrary Elf allows you to customize the reminder, overdue and reserve notices you receive and combine information about all your family's accounts at any participating library in one handy communication. You can even receive Elf notices via text message or RSS!

Elf is a service provided by an outside vendor; please check their website for privacy policies and other information.