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.

☀ Summer Hours Are Here ☀

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed on Saturdays, from June 29 through August 31. The Library and its branch will resume normal Saturday hours on September 7.

♦ This Saturday, June 22, is the last Saturday we will be open until September 7 ♦

Main Library Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 8
Friday: 8:30 – 5
Closed Saturday & Sunday

F.N. Manross Memorial Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10 – 8
Friday: 9 – 5
Closed Saturday & Sunday

New Computers Are Coming!

The City will begin replacing all computers at Bristol Main on June 20 (F.N. Manross Memorial beginning June 19), so computers will not be available to you. We do not know how long this process will take, but we will let you know as soon as the new computers are ready.

The computer lab at Bristol Main will also be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this will cause you. Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at 860-584-7787 x2017.

WiFi remains available at both libraries.

New Salem Press Resources

We’re pleased to announce we have added eighteen new resources to our online and print Salem Press collection. If you prefer print, physical editions are shelved in our Reference collection. Digital editions are available 24/7 from our Research & Information page with your valid Bristol library card.

What we’ve added:

Salem Press Health
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      • Addictions and Substance Abuse

Salem Press History
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      • Defining Documents in American History: Exploration and Colonial America (1492-1755)
      • Defining Documents in American History: The American Revolution (1754-1805)
      • Great Lives from History: Scientists and Science
      • The 2000s in America

Salem Press Literature
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      • Critical Insights: Contemporary Speculative Fiction
      • Critical Insights: Dystopia
      • Critical Insights: Good and Evil
      • Critical Insights: Grapes of Wrath
      • Critical Insights: Jane Austen
      • Critical Insights: Langston Hughes
      • Critical Insights: Orwell
      • Critical Insights: The Inferno
      • Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: Love, Sexuality, and Desire
      • Critical Surveys: Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics
      • Critical Surveys: Manga
      • Masterplots, Fourth Edition

Salem Press Science
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  • Encyclopedia of Energy

Come, Meet Our New Computer Lab Instructor

We’re pleased to say the Computer Lab has been reopened under the guidance of our new Computer Lab Instructor, Chris Soper! Chris previously worked at Manchester Public Library as a Library assistant who specialized in helping the public with computers. He is currently working on his Master’s of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University.

Chris loves to read and would love to hear your recommendations for great dystopian-type novels. Currently, his favorite books are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry, and the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

Our new Computer Lab Instructor, Chris Soper

Chris says:

“My goal as the Computer Lab Instructor is to provide new, fun and educational programs to the public. My hope is for people to learn about the advantages of technology and how it can help you with your technological needs. I’m very friendly and I don’t bite, so please visit and ask me anything you would like to know about computers or other electronic devices.”