Waterford Public Library
49 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, Connecticut 06385
Tel. 860-444-5805
Special Collections


Children's Concept Books

The concept book collection consists of selected picture books organized into popular and frequently requested subject areas. Subjects include having a new baby in the family, learning to use the potty, and getting used to school or daycare. The collection also includes Caldecott Medal winners, alphabet and counting books, and books in Spanish. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

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A collection of documentaries, many of them Academy Award-winning or - nominated, complements our feature and non-fiction DVDs. Documentaries circulate for 7 days, with no reserves or renewals; please return documentaries directly to the Waterford Public Library.

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Great Courses

The Great Courses are a series of educational lectures delivered by highly-respected college professors. The courses presented cover such subjects as fine arts, religion, history, science, and literature in an engaging and entertaining way designed to stimulate and inform lifelong learners.

Great Courses are available on audio CD as well as on DVD. The DVD collection contains lectures on topics such as fine art, math, and science, which are more likely to require illustrations and diagrams for comprehension. Great Courses on CD circulate for 14 days; Great Courses on DVD circulate for 21 days.

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The purpose of the Historical Collection is to maintain, and to make available for reference use, relatively scarce books and other documents relating to the history of Waterford, southeastern Connecticut as a region, and Connecticut in general.


Waterford: The library maintains a collection of documents that record significant historical events, town annual reports, high school yearbooks, books by or about past and present town residents.

Southeastern Connecticut: The library maintains materials that treat the history of this region, but will generally not acquire for the Historical Collection histories of specific towns other than Waterford.  Exceptions might be histories of localities written by Waterford residents or containing significant information about a resident.

Connecticut: The library includes in the Historical Collection books and documents on state history that are relatively scarce or which have become recognized as “classics” in state history.

The Historical Collection includes several histories of Connecticut towns that do not meet the above criteria for inclusion.  For the present, such histories may remain in the Historical Collection.  However, in the future, the library will not obtain similar books for the Historical Collection.

The Historical Collection is primarily for reference use.  In general, materials are to be used in the library only.  The major exception is the collection of slide/tape and oral history kits that may be checked out of the library.  A minor exception would be that town officials may borrow, for limited periods of time, reports and other items related to their work, such as in their review of municipal budget requests or in the planning of new services or facilities.

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Museum Passes

The Waterford Public Library is pleased to offer museum passes for free or discounted admission to local attractions.  Please note the following regulations:

  • Passes are available on a first come, first served basis
  • Passes circulate for two (2) days
  • There are no holds, reserves or renewals allowed
  • Passes may be checked out with a valid adult library card from any Connecticut public library
  • Only one pass per family
  • Passes must be returned to the Waterford Public Library and may not be deposited in the book drop
  • Overdue fines are $5.00 per day
Museum passes are available for the following museums:
Children's Museum of SE Connecticut
Children's Museum logo
Admits 4 people at discounted price.
Regular Admission:
$7.00 Adult - $7.00 Senior - $7.00 Child
Children under 1 free
Connecticut's Old State House
dome window
Admits 2 adults & 2 children free
Regular Admission:
$6.00 Adult - $3.00 Senior (65 and over)
$3.00 Children (ages 6-17)
Custom House Maritime Museum

custom house logo

Admits 2 people free
Regular Admission:
$5.00 Suggested donation
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Denison logo owl
Admits 5 people free
Regular Admission:
$8.00 Adult - $5.00 Senior (65 and over)
$5.00 (Children 12 and under)
Florence Griswold Museum
Florence Griswold Museum
Admits 2 adults and 2 children under 12 free

Regular Admission:

$10.00 Adult - $9.00 Senior - $8.00 Student
Children 12 and under free
Lyman Allyn Museum
Lyman Allyn Museum
Admits 4 people of any age free
Regular Admission:
$10.00 Adult - $7.00 Senior & Student
Children 12 and under free
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk logo
Admits 6 people at discounted price

Regular Admission:

$20.95 Adult - $19.70 Senior
$15.50 Children (Ages 2-12)
Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration
Admits 4 people at discounted price
Regular Admission:
$29.95 Adult - $26.95 Senior (60 or over)
$21.95 Child (Ages 3-17)
Children 2 and under free
Mystic Seaport: the museum of America and the Sea
Mystic Seaport logo
Admits 2 adults and 2 childrren at discounted price

Regular Admission:

$24.00 Adult - $22.00 Senior (65+) and Student

$15.00 Children (6-17)
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo logo
Admits 4 people at discounted price
Regular Admission:

$14.95 Adult - $12.95 Senior (62 or over)

$9.95 Child (Ages 3-12)
State Parks & Forests Free Pass -
No Child Left Inside Program
1 Vehicle per pass
Free Admission for 2 adults and 4 children at
Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks
Wadsworth Atheneum
Wadsworth Antheneum
Admits 2 Adults & 2 Children (ages 6-17) free
Regular Admission:
$10.00 Adult
$8.00 Senior (62 or over)
$5.00 Student (Age 13 to college student with ID)
Child age 12 and under free
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Peabody Dino Admits up to 4 people at discounted price
Regular Admission:
$9.00 Adult - $8 Senior (65 and over)
$5.00 Child (Ages 3 to 18)


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Playaway Audiobooks

The collection includes Playaways for adults, teens and children. About the size and weight of an iPod, each playaway is pre-loaded with the digital content of an entire audiobook. Along with easy navigation between chapters and automatic bookmarking, Playaways also offer controls to change narration speed and clarity. Playaways are portable and easy to use: you provide your own headphones and AAA-battery, and we provide the rest! Playaways circulate for 14 days, with one renewal, and can be reserved; please return Playaways directly to the Waterford Public Library.

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Playaway Views

Playaway Views are pre-loaded video players for children. Each player contains multiple videos; they are portable and easy to use. Each View comes with a charger which provides up to 8 hours of continuous play. Playaway Views circulate for 7 days, and only one can be checked out at a time; please return Playaway Views directly to the Waterford Public Library. Take a look at the demo Playaway View in the Children's Room or ask a librarian for more details.

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Red Hot DVDs

RED HOT DVDs is a collection of in-demand new and popular movies. In order to ensure the fastest turn-over possible and have these movies more quickly available, please note that the loan period is 3 days. There are no holds, no reserves and no renewals. These DVDs must be returned to the Waterford Public Library. Every RED HOT DVD is also in our regular 7-day loan collection.

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Red Hot Reads

RED HOT READS is a collection of new books and bestsellers that are available on a first-come,first-served basis. The collection is designed for people who want to read the latest popular new books without having to wait. RED HOT READS circulate for 7 days with no renewals and no holds allowed. Additional copies of all books in this collection are also in our NEW BOOKS collection and may be placed on hold, renewed and borrowed for the regular loan period.

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Created to meet the needs of both native Spanish speakers and people continuing their Spanish-language education, this collection consists of many popular and classic titles of fiction, non-fiction, and biography. Titles circulate for 21 days.

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The travel collection consists of state and country guidebooks essential in the planning of any trip or getaway. A sub-section of the travel collection includes phrasebooks, audiobooks, informational DVDs, and Playaways to be used when learning a language. Travel books and DVDs circulate for 21 days; travel audiobooks and playaways circulate for 14 days. Playaways may be reserved with one renewal, and must be returned directly to the Waterford Public Library.

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