A Free Library Card is Your Most Important School Supply

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bristol Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most import school supply of all — a free library card.

Library resources are available to anyone who has a valid library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs, and services that support academic achievement. Our library offers access to important educational resources, like LearningExpress Library, Transparent Language Online, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Salem Press Research Databases, and more.

For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Bristol Libraries in person or download a library card application.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed Monday, September 2, to celebrate Labor Day. The Library and its branch will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 3.

Regular Saturday hours (8:30-5 @ Main, 9-5 @ Manross) resume Saturday, September 7.

While we’re closed, you may still drop off items in our book drops or use the library catalogs to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library’s databases will also remain accessible with your library card while we’re closed. These resources can be accessed through our website bristollib.com.

Fall 2013 Story times and reading clubs!

The Children’s Department at the Bristol Public Library proudly announces that Story Times and Reading Clubs begin OCTOBER 7, 2013 and run for TEN WEEKS through December 13, 2013! Registration is NOT required for story times or reading clubs in the Children’s Department at the Bristol Public Library…just come to the library and have FUN! Please visit our FACEBOOK page to view the FALL 2013 schedule! We look forward to an exciting and fun time at the library!

Libraries Closed for Independence Day

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The Library and its branch will resume normal hours on Friday, July 5.

While we’re closed, you may still drop off items in our book drops or use the library catalogs to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The libraries’ databases will also remain accessible with your valid Bristol library card while we’re closed. These resources can be accessed through our website bristollib.com.

Changes Coming to iCONN

iconn.orgiCONN, the state-wide database system accessible to all Connecticut library card holders, is migrating from Cengage Gale resources to EBSCO on July 1.

This change will affect the results you get from searches using the “Find Articles” search box as well as searches in other iCONN resources that provide access to articles. Previously unavailable magazine subscriptions, such as Consumer Reports, Scientific American and Time, will become available.

This change will not affect access to any of iCONN’s ProQuest newspapers, or HeritageQuest, or iCONN’s collection of downloadable audio books.