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About Us

Mission Statement
The Silas Bronson Library provides free public access in order to foster ideas, to promote education, to disseminate general information and to make a positive contribution to the cultural heritage of Waterbury and its environs, serving as the focal point for the enrichment of the community.

Contact Us
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand St.
Waterbury, CT 06702

Administration Office (203) 574-8222
Fax (203) 574-8055
Adult and Information Services (AIS) (203) 574-8225
Circulation (C) (203) 574-8206
Children's Services Division (CSD) (203) 574-8213
Bunker Hill Branch (203) 574-8240
TTY/TDD (203) 574-8222


Main Branch
Monday      9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday      9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday        9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Saturday  9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday      Closed

Bunker Hill Branch
Tuesdays    1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday    10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday        1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Saturday  1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday      Closed

* Saturday hours begin the first Saturday after Labor Day and end the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend.
Closed Major Holidays 

Parking & Directions

Kiosk parking is available behind the library and on the street at a rate of $1 per hour. There is also a nearby parking garage with entrances from Field Street, Cottage Place and Bank Street.

For more on parking in downtown Waterbury, visit the Downtown Waterbury Parking website.

Take exit 21 "Meadow Street". Go right on to Field Street. At the traffic light at the top of Field Street, take a left on to Grand Street. The library is the second building on the left.

Take exit 21 "Meadow Street". At the end of the exit, go right onto Meadow Street. Go through two traffic lights. You will see a clock tower on the left. Bear right just before the third light. The library is the first building on the right.

Follow 69 North to 84 West and follow directions from Hartford.

Take exit 32 "Downtown Waterbury". At the first light, go right onto Freight Street. At the light at the end of Freight Street, go right onto Meadow Street and at the next light, take a left onto Grand Street. The library is the first building on the right.

Take exit 32 "Riverside Street" (the exit is on the left hand side of the highway). At the traffic light at the end of the exit, go left onto Freight Street. Follow directions for 8 North.

 Use this Google Map to get directions. Click on the Red paper clip and click on directions, then type in your home address in box (A) . 

Library Administrative Staff

Raechel Guest, Director
(203) 574-8222

Gary Bach, Adult and Information Services (AIS) 
(203) 574-8248

Clivel Charlton, Children Services (CSD) 
ccharlton@waterburyct.org, Children's Services (CSD)
(203) 574-8213

Tanya Jackson-Smith
tjackson-smith@waterburyct.org, Circulation Services (C)
(203) 574-8206

Mark Zelinka
mzelinka@waterburyct.org, Cataloging Services (T)
(203) 574-8218

Accessibility for Patrons with Disabilities

Get involved!

That's our message. The Silas Bronson Library encourages patrons with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities to participate actively, both as avid readers and enthusiastic attendees at library programs. We have many different types of assistive devices that can make it easier for you or others you know to use the library.

Blindness or visual impairment
The following types of equipment and services are available for blind or visually-impaired library patrons The equipment is available on a self-service basis. Please feel free to ask any of the staff for assistance if you need help operating the equipment.

Print Resources

  • Large Print books (Main Reading Room)
  • Library newsletter "Books and Happenings" available in large print (Main Reading Room)
  • "Reader's Digest" magazine available in large print (Main Reading Room - with the large print book collection)
  • audio books (East Wing and Children's Department)
  • signs in both print and braille

Living with Low Vision
The following types of equipment and services are available for deaf or hearing-impaired library patrons:

  • Text telephone reference service - call (203) 574-8226.
  • E-mail reference service - sblmrr@bronsonlibrary.org
  • Closed caption videos and DVDs - interfiled with other audiovisual material
  • Loop system available for use in classroom or auditorium
  • American sign language (ASL) interpreters - on request
    Note: The loop system is one of our newest assistive devices. It is ideal for any kind of class or group presentation because, by wearing headphones or a neckloop, the hearing-impaired patron can adjust the volume for himself without affecting the comfort of other people in the room. It must be set up in advance. Please contact us if you would like to try it out at a library class or program.
  • Hand-held magnifier (Main Reading Room - Information Desk)
  • Closed circuit television system (CCTV) - Optelec (East Wing)
  • Several computer work stations with large print and/or speech output capability - ZoomText, MAGIC, JAWS (East Wing)
  • Scanner that can magnify print (East Wing)

Contact information:
ADA Coordinator: Dana Lucisano, Reference Librarian (203) 574-8230


Board of Agents Contact and Meeting Schedule


 Term Expires
Mrs. Ellen Gambini

Vice President
Ms. Lana Ogrodnik
Barbara Ranando
Audrey Harrell  7/4/2016
Ms. Susan Beatty  7/4/2016
Daniel Ryan  7/4/2018
Donald Perugini  7/4/2018
Nicholas Albini  7/4/2018
Rosalie Bowler  12/31/17
Timothy DeCarlo  7/4/2016
Anne Marie Cullinan  7/3/2020
Joan Rossi  7/3/2020
Non Voting Members
Aldermanic Representative
 Stephanie Cummings   
 Debra Cipriano
Library Director  Raechel Guest


2016 Meeting Schedule

(4:00 p.m., Board Room
Every 4th Tuesday of the Month.
Annual Meeting 3:30 p.m.)

January 26, 2016
February 23, 2016
March 22, 2016
April 26, 2016
May 24, 2016
June 28, 2016 ANNUAL MEETING
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 22, 2016
December 13, 2016 (2nd Tuesday - Holiday Celebration)