When I first came to Fairfield, I missed being able to visit a library so much at the beginning of my first year. Though the university library is amazing, I missed that feeling of a truly public library.
I never considered there was an opportunity for me to receive a library card to the Fairfield Public Library. But, this semester, I had to work on a project where I needed access to a large children’s library, and this spurred me to finally go through the process of getting my own Fairfield Public Library card. So, just so all of you have the same opportunity, I’ll show you just how quick and easy the whole process is!
In terms of my experience, the easiest way to sign up for a Fairfield Public Library card was simply to go there in person and talk to the front desk. The online form is a little confusing for students who attend Fairfield rather than people who live in the town, so this was just the easiest way for me to do this. The downtown library location is also super convenient and easy to get to, since you can just take the Stag Bus to the downtown Fairfield bookstore and walk the one block to the entrance.
Due to COVID-19, the Fairfield Public Library has very limited hours, making it a little difficult to get down there, but with some scheduling, it wasn’t that hard to work out. The current library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and then Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
When I went to the library to get my actual card, the only thing that I needed to provide was my Stag Card and my driver’s license. All in all, it took me around two minutes. Additionally, the people at the front desk were so kind and were able to help me easily.
I totally get that it may not seem worth it to get a separate library card when we have a library on campus, but to me, there were so many good reasons to have another library card! There are countless services at the library that make it worth it. First, you get access to so many more books without going through the interlibrary loan process at the University library. This can be great for projects and papers when you need something that the University library doesn’t have. There are also so many more “fun” books, meaning they have a larger fiction section, than there are at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
If you are like me and you are trying to read more for fun, then this is a great idea for you. And in the end, there is no such thing as having too many library cards!