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The Watertown Library Association is a nonprofit organization which has served the reading and research needs of its community since 1865. Learn More...

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The Space Place

Space Place Partnership

Watertown Library is pleased to announce it's community partnership with NASA's Space Place.

Over 350 museums, planetariums and libraries participate in NASA's Space Place community partner program. Watertown Library patrons can visit monthly displays in the library to keep abreast of NASA's exploration efforts along with a bi-monthly newsletter created exclusively for Community Partners.

the BOOK NOOK

Visit the Book Nook - the library book store

The BOOK NOOK sells a wide assortment of HARDCOVERS and PAPERBACKS, both fiction and non-fiction, all BELOW RETAIL PRICES!

Run and organized by the FRIENDS of the WLA - proceeds benefit the Watertown Library Association.

Don't miss Hardcover Sale Days! The entire months of April, August and December!


What's New @ The Library

Safe Summer Storytime

Safe Socially Distanced Summer Storytime at the Oakville Branch Library (map) on Wednesdays: August 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30am. (Rain dates are Thursdays at 10:30am.)

    To keep all participants and storytellers safe:

  • Storytime will be held outside on the back lawn of the Oakville Branch.
  • Parents and/or caregivers will need to bring their own chairs, towels or blankets.
  • Safely distanced spaces will be marked on the grass.
  • Please bring your masks.
  • All who come together may stay together in their area.

Each weekly theme will include stories, stretching, and dance. Upon departure there will be a grab & go craft related to the story for the children to complete at home.

If you would like to post a picture of your finished craft to facebook or instagram please tag us at watertownlibraryct or for twitter at wtnlibraryct. You may also email us at OakBr@watertownlibrary.org for us to post your pictures.

There is limited space. Please call 860-945-5368 Tuesday through Thursday from 10 to 4 to reserve your spot.



Curbside Service @ The Library

Beginning on Monday, June 22 , 2020, No Contact Curbside Service will be available at the Watertown Library for our patrons with a valid Watertown Library Card.

The following steps are being implemented in order to preserve the privacy of our borrowers, to maintain a safe enviorment for both our patrons and staff, and to keep the tradition of a valid and working Watertown Library Card.

  • Patrons who are first on the list for holds which are available, will be receiving phone calls or emails to set pick up times for your items. These items will be placed in a bag in the entry of the Watertown Library and labeled with numeric code, which you will be given, to identify your items.
  • Those library patrons who do not have holds already are welcome to place them through the Library Catalog or email us at reference@watertownlibrary.org.
  • Any items to be returned should be placed in our bookdrop. Those items are then quarantined for 7 days to ensure to the best of our knowledge they are virus free and can be put back on the library shelves or checked out to the next patron requesting it.

If you need to acquire or update your library card please contact us at reference@watertownlibrary.org or call between 10 and 4 Monday through Friday. 860-945-5360.

Curbside hours at the main library (470 Main Street) are from 10am to 4:30pm Monday and Friday and from 10am to 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

More information will be forthcoming and we will be adapting as we go.



Re-Opening Plans In The Works

The Watertown Library is planning how to return to more regular service based on a Four Stage opening procedure issued by the Connecticut State Library. This plan is subject to change with the Governor's Office updates.

We will keep you informed as the library works through the myriad details involving people, space, materials and the delivery platform.

Thank you and good health to all.



Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

UPDATED July 24, 2020

For the health and safety of our patrons and staff, the Watertown Library Association will be closed as of 5pm on Friday, March 13, 2020. This includes the Watertown Library at 470 Main Street in Watertown and the Oakville Branch Library at 55 Davis Street in Oakville. Fines on all library materials will stop accruing as of 5pm. All programs, reading groups and other gatherings are cancelled until further notice. The Book Nook will also be closed for the duration.

Staff will be available to answer questions via email.

Beginning on Monday, June 22 , 2020, No Contact Curbside Service will be available at the Watertown Library for our patrons with a valid Watertown Library Card.

Now is a great time to return Watertown and Oakville Library materials. Fines are Forgiven! Returns are No Contact.
Put your items in the book drop at either: the Watertown Library (map) or the Oakville Branch Library (map).

We encourange our patrons to take advantage of our Online Resources: eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, videos, research and more. NASA's Space Place offers games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Scholastic Learn From Home is a free resource providing exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges for children facing extended time away from the classroom.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and reopen when safety is assured for all concerned.
Please watch our website and social media for updates.



Get In Touch

Watertown Library Association
470 Main Street, Watertown CT 06795
VOICE: 860 945-5360
EMAIL: WtnLib@watertownlibrary.org

Oakville Branch Library
55 Davis Street, Oakville, CT 06779
Voice: (860) 945-5368
EMAIL: OakBr@watertownlibrary.org

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