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Get a Digital Card


Waterbury residents can sign up for a free library account online to access our digital collections.

Please include your email on the application form.

If you already have a library card, you do not need a digital card. Visit My Account to set up the password for your card.



You will receive an email confirmation when the card is ready to use. 

***Note: You must provide an email or phone number on the application form***

***We will call you when the physical card is ready to be picked up. Please allow time for processing.***



Digital Collections


























Search for articles from more than 10,000 news sources, or browse more than 30 popular magazines.
Search for articles from 2004 to the present.





Acorn App

Download the free Acorn app to your smartphone to search our catalog, request items, or view your account. The app saves your library card information and can be used in place of your physical card.


Physical Collections

Our physical collections are currently available to borrow using our "Library Takeout" service.

How It Works

Order Online
Request items using our catalog, silas.biblio.org, or using the free Acorn App from Bibliomation

Call Us
Request items over the phone; have your library card ready when you call.
     Orders for Adults: 203-574-8225
     Orders for Kids & Teens: 203-574-8213

Don't Know What You Want?
Call us! Our librarians will make expert recommendations.
     Orders for Adults: 203-574-8225
     Orders for Kids & Teens: 203-574-8213

Pickup Time
We will call you to schedule an appointment for pickup when your order is ready. If you placed your order using the online catalog, please check to make sure we have the correct phone number (see instructions below).

Pickup Details
When you pick up your order, you will need to:
• Wear a mask;
• Bring your library card;
• Use the front entrance.

Verify Your Phone Number
Make sure we have your correct phone number using the following steps:
     1. Log into My Account at silas.biblio.org
     2. Go to Account Preferences
     3. Check your phone number under Personal Information
     4. Update your Default Phone Number under Notification Preferences (if the number listed under Personal Information is not correct)

Need help figuring this out? Call us at 203-574-8225.


Get a Physical Library Card

You can upgrade your digital card to a regular card by visiting the library in person and showing two forms of ID:

1. A photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport);

2. A utility bill, tax bill, check book, car registration, or a recent piece of mail (no more than three months old) with current Waterbury address.