From The Desk of the Director

Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in our surrounding areas, the Library suspended in-person services. We continue to offer reference assistance and readers’ advisory service by phone or email, vestibule pickup of requested materials, free Wi-Fi access outside of building, and virtual programs for all ages. Book drops are open at both the Elizabeth Street and Caroline Street entrances. Due dates have been extended at this time.

The Derby Public Library is now accepting submissions for its Annual Library Board of Directors Scholarship Prize of $500. It is open to all high school seniors living in Derby who are planning to further their education, regardless of where they go to school. The Library Board of Directors will choose the winner based on an essay explaining the role of libraries in their life. The award will be presented by the Library Board of Directors at their April meeting. In addition to the monetary prize, the winner’s name will be added to the Scholarship Prize Plaque located in the Young Adult Department. High School Seniors may submit their entry directly to the Library Director now through Thursday, April 1st. For more information, please contact Nicole Cignoli, Library Director, at or call 203 736-1482.

We are also excited to announce new databases for your reading, entertainment, and business and job search needs. We’ve added Data Axle Reference Solutions and Scholastic’s BookFlix, TrueFlix, Watch & Learn to compliment Scholastic’s Teachables. Although the RBdigital app is no longer available to access ebooks and audiobooks, we’ve added a new app – SimplyE – available on the App Store or Google Play. The SimplyE app combines titles from multiple ebook and audiobook providers into a single, easy-to-use list! Browsing, searching, and downloading is simple. Just download SimplyE, log in with your library card and start reading!

We appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult times and plan to open to offer more services in 2021.

We wish you and your family a healthy New Year!
Nicole B. Cignoli, Library Director