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How to Find Books

Bibliomation is our online catalog for finding books, movies, and music at the Silas Bronson Library. You can also search the catalogs of any other participating public library. 



Download Acorn to your smartphone and log in with your library card barcode number and password.

Use Acorn to search our catalog, request items to borrow, and view your account information.

You can also use Acorn as your library card -- select "Show Card" to see your barcode.


findIT CT searches for books in 253 libraries throughout Connecticut.


You can borrow books from other libraries in Connecticut using your Silas Bronson Library card at that library, or you can ask one of our librarians to order the book for you through the state's deliverIT program and pick it up at the Silas Bronson Library when it arrives (delivery times vary).


What Are Call Numbers?

Every book in the library has a unique call number attached to it. The call number is located at the base of the book’s spine and is designed to help you find what you’re looking for.


Dewey Decimal Codes

 000  Computers, Information, General Works
 100  Philosophy & Psychology  
 200  Religion
 300  Social Sciences
 400  Language
 500  Science
 600  Technology
 700  Arts & Recreation
    790  Sports
 800  Literature
 900  History & Geography
    920  Collective Biography & Genealogy


Don’t Panic!
Trained Librarians are available to assist you whenever we are open. If you need help finding something, or if you’d like to learn how to use our catalog system, they will be happy to help you.

Online Assistance
Email questions to sbl-refdesk@waterburyct.org

Telephone Assistance
Call (203) 574-8225 during our regular hours.

If you’d like one of our Librarians to assist you with in-depth research, please call or email to schedule an appointment. Call us at 203-574-8225, email sbl-refdesk@waterburyct.org, or visit our Book A Librarian page.

Walk-Ins Welcome
You are welcome to ask for assistance in person at any time. Our Librarians can be found at the Reference Desk in the Main Reading Room, at the Information Desk in the East Wing, and at the Information Desk in the Children’s Room. The Bunker Hill Branch is also staffed by one of our Librarians whenever it is open.