Technology

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.

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x1003 or x1014 referencedesk@ridgefieldlibrary.org


Public Access Computers | Wireless Access | Digital Collections | Technology Instruction | Presentation & Training Technology | Mobile Apps | Additional Resources

Public Access Computers (PACs)

Public workstations
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.

Internet access
Numerous public workstations with printers and high-speed access to the Internet.

Print and Time Management
Please inquire at the Adult Service Desk about our new print and time maangement system for Public Access Computers.

pdf Computer Use Guidelines & Procedures

pdf Internet Use Policy


Wireless Access

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 residants 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. 

pdf Wireless Internet Policy

pdf Wireless FAQs


Digital Collections

Online Databases
Downloadable Audio & eBooks


Technology Instruction

Tech Fridays

Do you want to use an online resources or a new technology but feel overwhelmed by the learning curve involved?  Then Tech Fridays are for you.  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.

Check out our list of topics for upcoming Tech Fridays.  We want your input. Email us your suggestions for future topics or contact Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski at 203-438-2282 x1003.

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. Call Assistant Director Mary Rindfleisch at 203-438-2282 x1009 to schedule your Gold Card visit.


Presentation & Training Technology

The Library is please 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.


Mobile Applications

Biblio app logo

Download the New Biblio Library App
Just search for "Bibliomation" in the app store on your mobile device and get a wealth of Ridgefield Library content and services at your fingertips. Here's how.

 

Take your Library with you wherever you go with a variety of applications available for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

RESEARCH

EBSCOHostEBSCOHost Mobile
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.
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,cpid&custid=ridgefld&profile=mobsmart

GaleGale AccessMyLibrary
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.

NovelistNoveList
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.
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,cpid&custid=ridgefld&profile=novmob

WorldCatWorldCat
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.  
www.worldcatmobile.org

 

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS AND eBOOKS

OverDrive MobileOverDrive
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.           
http://help.overdrive.com/MyHelpINOMCBlackBerry

 

TumbleBookTumbleBook 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.  
http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp 


LANGUAGE LEARNING

Mango Mobile Library Edition
Learn languages everywhere you go with a free app for iOS and Android devices. Full-featured Mango Mobile Library Edition gives you access to all the Mango language courses offered through the Ridgefield library. All you need is your library card! Find out more.

 

KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE RIDGEFIELD LIBRARY

Events Calendar
Bookmark this page on your smartphone to view a listing of Ridgefield Library events  specially formatted for your phone screen. Now  you can check out what’s happening at the library from any location.
http://mobile.eventkeeper.com/RDGFLD

Library Elf
Receive notices of items coming due, overdue or on hold via text message or RSS.
http://www.libraryelf.org/

Follow the Ridgefield Library on Twitter
http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=ridgefieldlib

 

Check out our Facebook page
The New Ridgefield Library http://www.facebook.com/newridgefieldlibrary


Additional Resources

Check here for notice of new software and services and of upcoming computer and technology instruction classes.

 

Computer Help

The Library's Network Administrator helps a patron with her laptop.

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