From The Desk of the Director

There’s an app for our Library’s catalog: Acorn Catalog!
With Acorn Catalog, you can search for items in Derby Public Library’s catalog and other Bibliomation libraries, place holds, see what you’ve checked out, and renew items! Free on Google Play and the App Store.

Starting January 1, the Derby Public Library (DPL) is embarking on a six month pilot program to
do away with overdue fines of DPL Children and Teen materials. DPL joins Derby Neck Library in an effort to ensure that library materials are equally accessible to all Derby residents. Exceptions to the program include high-demand materials such as museum passes. There will still be due dates and patrons will still need to renew their items if they can’t get them back on time. Also, patrons are still responsible for the cost of damaged or lost items. While the program will be new in Derby, other libraries in Connecticut, as well as a number across the nation, have already gone fine-free. It is reported that after other libraries scrapped late fees, they saw an increase in cardholders and circulation, with no increase in overdue materials. If the DPL sees the same success, the our Library Board of Directors will consider implementing the program permanently across the board. For more information call the Library at 203-736-1482.

Happy New Year!

Nicole B. Cignoli, Library Director