Bloomfield Public Library (BPL) aims to provide all members of our diverse community with access to comprehensive services, expansive print and electronic resources, technology, and expert assistance from a caring and responsive staff. By breaking down barriers to access and opening doors to opportunity, building community, and encouraging lifelong learning, BPL works to improve the quality of life for all of our residents and strives to be the heart of our town.
Library Director’s Greeting
Bloomfield Public Library (BPL) is in the process of planning new or modernized libraries to better serve you, our community. Your thoughts and needs are important to us as we move forward.
BPL staff, the BPL Board of Trustees, the Friends of BPL, and the Building Committee would like to thank the more than 1,600 people who responded to our survey about BPL’s future. Please stay tuned for more information about this project.
BPL tries very hard to provide the best service to our public at all times, and we are so thankful to those who have shown us gratitude and graciousness during this time. Please know that we have taken every precaution to keep staff and patrons safe as we continue to deliver services to our public.
We are proud to report that since the pandemic started, we have provided more than 80,000 materials on over 10,000 separate occasions curbside, BPL Online has experienced over 100,000 interactions with our public, and we have had more than 500 virtual programs attended by close to 10,000 people.
As a reminder, library cards are free for all from birth and open up the door for so many possibilities. But don’t just take it from us. Here are some reviews from your fellow residents:
“The BPL staff is fabulous in every imaginable and unimaginable way. My friend and I consider you all essential workers.” – Edith after checking out a Chromebook and hotspot
“Thanks, Jeffrey and BPL, for offering these terrific lectures to us while we all isolate.” – Nita after attending Zoom opera program
“As someone new to Bloomfield, I am so impressed with this community library. You are so accommodating and programmatic. Thank you for all you do.” – Carolyn
“Thank you so much for the books- my daughter’s favorite was the book about astronaut Mae Jemison. I put a bunch of more books on hold but thought that since we have finished this pile about scientists, perhaps next you could find some books about Black artists and dancers for us? Fiction and nonfiction are great.” – Renee
A Book with Many Pages
When people think about libraries, they inevitably think about books and reading. The Bloomfield Public Library continues to pride itself on that association, but as the world changes ever more rapidly, the library must expand its mission and services in order to remain a vital resource for all members of the community.
Partnerships Build Stronger Libraries
The library, in partnership with local organizations and town departments, provides an array of services to the community. Membership in Library Connection Inc., a consortium of 29 other libraries, makes possible access to a much wider selection of materials, while Connecticut State Library funding for Connecticar provides transportation of those items. The library also subscribes to Overdrive through the consortium, which allows for the procurement and sharing of e-books, audio books, and videos. These partnerships strengthen the library’s services.
Staying Connected with Digital Literacy
Well-maintained networks, computers, printers, scanners, fax machines and copiers make the library the central location in town for anyone seeking to communicate with the world at large. The availability of this equipment in conjunction with the expertise provided by library staff provides a vital service. Patrons are encouraged to sign up for one-on-one help to better navigate electronic devices, the Internet, and the ins-and-outs of the job market. Developing digital literacy skills is a key component of library service in the 21st Century.
A Place Where Something Always Happens
Library staff provides a rich events schedule for patrons of all ages, beginning with Small Talk for our very youngest users. There are programs designed specifically for school-age children, teens and adults, encompassing an assortment of literary, musical, theatrical and artistic topics. With library outreach to children in Bloomfield schools and residents of local assisted living communities and long-term care facilities, we always welcome the opportunity to take our show on the road.
Community + Library = A Better Bloomfield
McMahon Wintonbury Library is our important and accessible branch library. Both library buildings serve as crucial meeting places for the community. McMahon Wintonbury Library has two small meeting spaces, while the Prosser Library has a small, enclosed study room. These spaces offer a private and accessible option for tutors and students, as well as work or meeting space for business people.