Library Express Service

The Fairfield Public Main Library is open for in-person quick browsing and checkout. Open hours are as follows:
Monday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is open for in-person quick browsing and checkout.
Open hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:00pm
Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Governor Lamont’s March 19th Announcement  At this time, capacity limits and building access modifications will remain in place at Fairfield Public Main Library and Woods Branch Library in order to meet CT State health and safety protocols.  Governor Lamont’s directive requires continued adherence to CT State protocols relating to face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning measures.

Fairfield library service has been maintained throughout the pandemic, digitally/virtually/remotely/in-person. The planning and preparation to reopen our library buildings will continue to follow a phased rather than immediate approach.  We will move forward while balancing in-person Library Express Service, Curbside Borrowing, Homebound Services and Virtual Programming/Services.   Fairfield’s next phase will offer Library Express (in-person) hours at the Woods Branch beginning this month in coordination with the existing hours at the Main library.

As more of the public and staff become eligible for the vaccine and the COVID risk declines, in-person building access will expand.  Our priority is to sustain library services without becoming a source of viral spread in the community.   All plans follow CDC guidelines and are informed by best library industry practices, while managing our resources in the most efficient way.

Updates are shared via our website, newsletter and social media.

In order to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons, a number of changes have been put in place. We ask for your patience and cooperation with our new procedures.

Facemasks are required for all individuals entering the building. Staff and patrons will observe social distancing and remain six feet apart while in the library. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not enter the Library.

Both the Main Library and Woods Branch will continue offering Curbside Pickup, Virtual services and Digital materials and services. Information services are available by phone (203) 256-3160, email at and text messaging (askfplct to 66746).


In order to meet CT State health and safety protocols related to face coverings, social distancing and cleaning measures, we are limiting patron capacity. You may be asked to wait in line outside the building until we have space for additional patrons. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet whether inside or outside. When visiting, plan for short visits under 30 minutes. Please be conscious of your time and be courteous to others. Whenever possible, please limit visits to only one member of your family/household at a time.


• Water fountains
• Copier (available only at Main)
• Scanner (available only at Main)
• Fax Machine ((available only at Main and via Virtual Services)
• Seating and Tables
• Chairs
• Newspapers
• Magazines (available via Curbside Pickup)
• Museum Passes
• Materials from Children’s STEAMD collection
• Study Rooms
• Meeting Rooms
• Second Floor Access at Main Library, Lower Floor Access and Mezzanine at Woods
• Friends Twice Read Book Sale

Please do not bring food into the library at this time.


Please return all materials to the book drop on the side of the building. Enter and exit through the doors on the parking lot side of the building. There may be a wait to enter due to capacity restrictions. Please use available sanitizer when entering the building. Observe all social distancing rules, signage and floor markings. Facemasks are required at all times covering the nose and mouth. If you are unable to wear a face covering, Curbside Pickup and virtual/digital materials and services are available to you.


• Limited building capacity.
• Frequent cleaning of the building and service points.
• Staff and patrons will wear masks at all times and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
• Each service desk has a plexiglass shield.
• Quarantining of returned materials.
• Our procedures are based upon guidelines provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) on the safe handling of library materials. Findings of the REALM Project will also inform future industry standards regarding library materials handling.
• No materials donations will be accepted at this time.


Please continue to return all materials to the outside book drops. All returned materials will be held for 96 hours before being checked in. Late fees will be waived during this time, but we ask that you return material on or before the due date. Holding materials beyond the due date without renewing may impact your ability to place holds, access services or prevent other patrons from borrowing wanted materials.

Please check the Fairfield Public Library website and follow us on social media for updates.