From The Desk of the Director

In December, I shared that the Library was awarded funds to support our reopening efforts as part of the Everybody Learns Initiative. To date, we’ve retrofit our upstairs restroom to offer one (1) touchless gender neutral restroom to the public. We’ve upgraded our existing Wi-Fi hardware to provide free wireless access both internally and externally. Recently, the elevator’s electronic components were updated to industry standards. We are waiting to install MERV-13 filters that, when used along with other best practices recommended by the CDC, are part of the Library’s plan to protect against coronavirus transmission through the air by heating and air-conditioning and alleviate staff concerns. And lastly, we plan on replacing the Library’s two dated water fountains with touchless bottle filling stations.

Although the Library continues to be closed to the public, we are offering a new service: Book BundlesSimply fill out a form and our staff will shelve browse three titles based on your preferences: Adult, Children, Teen/YA, Fiction, Nonfiction, etc. Book bundles are a great way to discover new titles and authors. We will contact you within 1-3 business days when your bundle is ready for pick up and enjoy. That said, if you have a suggestion for an online program, a resource you need, or an eBook you would like us to try and get in, send us an email at We will do our best to make it happen for you!

Calling high school seniors living in Derby! – You have until Thursday, April 1st to submit your essay explaining the role of libraries in your life. The Annual Library Board of Directors Scholarship Prize of $500 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 their essay, and 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 our Young Adult Department. High school seniors may submit their entry directly to the Library Director now through Thursday, April 1st. For more info, please contact Nicole Cignoli, Library Director, at or call 203 736-1482.

As the retrofit of the Library and the vaccination process rolls out, the Library looks forward to gradually extend our hours and services with an eye to maintaining the safety of staff and the public. We will continue to adhere to current CDC guidelines and CT Governor Executive orders. We appreciate your patience and please follow us on our website, Facebook or Twitter as we’ll announce our progress towards a limited opening. 

Stay well, stay healthy.

Nicole B. Cignoli, Library Director