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Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library

Do It Once. Do It Right. Do It Now.

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The Ridgefield Library has an ambitious and exciting goal: to bring our Library into the 21st century through a carefully considered expansion and renovation project. The New Ridgefield Library will be a multilevel, energy efficient building with an open, flexible floor plan.

what's new with the new library?

Check out the latest happenings on the jobsite and more about the New Library on our new blog.

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Assignment Blog What's New with the New Ridgefield Library?


what will the new
library offer?

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  • The new Library will welcome all visitors. Toddlers to seniors will have age-appropriate areas to enjoy collections and programs of most interest to them. The Library Commons will be a hub for lively exchange, while quiet reading rooms will appeal to those looking for a more traditional ambiance.
  • A flexible technology infrastructure will provide convenient access to Library resources and emerging information delivery systems. Free, secure wireless and plentiful workstations will accommodate demand, and a technology resource center will support individual and group instruction.
  • The new Library will welcome all visitors. Toddlers to seniors will have age-appropriate areas to enjoy collections and programs of most interest to them. The Library Commons will be a hub for lively exchange, while quiet reading rooms will appeal to those looking for a more traditional ambiance.
  • Sprinkler and security systems will make the Library a safer and more secure environment. An ADA-compliant building will ensure access to Library services and resources for all community members. Collections will be easy to reach on the shelves. Assistive technologies will facilitate computer use and program participation by all.
  • Energy-efficient design and advanced building systems will result in manageable utility costs and a healthy and comfortable environment. The new Ridgefield Library will be the first LEED-certified public building in town.


take a virtual tour



worthy of note 

ridgefield library on the move!

We're closing operations at 21 Governor Street Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 PM. We will re-open with full service at 472 Main Street Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 AM. Find out what this means for you.


great expectations coming May 16

Join us on May 16th for Great Expectations, an evening affair to benefit the Ridgefield Library and honor Nancy and Larry Bossidy with the inaugural Hope S. Swenson Visionary AwardDetails coming soon! Learn more. Purchase tickets online.


we've set a date for our opening weekend!

Mark your calendars and join us on Friday, May 9th for dedication ceremonies marking the opening of the New Ridgefield Library to the public. There will be speeches, a ribbon-cutting, entertainment, refreshments and unveiling of the Wall of Donors and Community Mural. The celebration will kick off with a Book Brigade of volunteers, led by Maurice Sendak's Wild Thing, passing the last few books from our temporary location down the street to their places in the new Library.

Festivities will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday that weekend, with performances, guided tours, demonstrations and much more. Stay tuned for details.

For more information or to volunteer to be part of the Book Brigade, contact assistant Director Mary Rindfleisch at 203-438-2282 x1009 or mfrind@ridgefieldlibrary.org.


wish list for the new library launched

Library doors will open this spring, and we are working to outfit the building with furniture, fixtures, equipment and supplies to support library services.  All items must meet commercial and safety standards of use as well as being ADA compliant where appropriate.  We invite you to take a look and consider making a wish come true for the New Ridgefield Library.  Choose from dozens of items at giving levels from $50 to $15,000. In addition to furnishings for the New Library, you may also choose to support some of our ongoing programs and collections like Books & Breakfast or downloadable e-book subscriptions.

Learn more and see the list of donated items. 

Browse the entire Wish List catalog and make a purchase here.


how we got to where we are

Click here to explore a slide show of how we have progressed from our first strategic planning conversations in 2003 to today's active project.  Thanks to Board Chair Peter Coffin, who created this document for the recent "Envisioning the New Ridgefield Library" panel presentation.


strategic plan, 2013-2016

Following several months of gathering data and input from over 600 people, the Library Board has adopted new strategic planning documents to guide us as we move into the New Ridgefield Library.

Our Vision for the New Ridgefield Library
To be the centerpiece of Ridgefield, an essential partner and destination of choice for our community:   the place where people go to read, discover, question, connect and thrive.

See our new Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives and learn more about the planning process.


More building project news


campaign progress

private fundraising to date as of 2/28/14: $15,260,049 from nearly 1,300 donors!

We are thrilled that we have surpassed the $15 million private fundraising goal in our Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library. Achieving this has taken the combined efforts of many people and nearly 1,300 donors. Crossing this threshold upholds the private fundraising commitment associated with the passing of the referendum in March 2012. Town funds of $5 million were released to the Library at the point in time when the cash on hand had been spent by the Library.

We continue to fundraise actively for costs associated with the roll-out of the New Library, including things such as advanced technology, relocation and interim operations, permits, marketing and fundraising and other costs in addition to bricks and mortar. Our goal is to raise an additional $2.8 million for these purposes.

here's how you can help

It's easy to become part of the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library and ensure the success of this exciting project.  Click here to make a donation and to learn more about participating in the Community Mural, the Wall of Donors and other giving opportunities.

View the growing list of our Campaign supporters.

so much more
than books...

our new library video

Watch a film about the Ridgefield Library – past, present and future.