Remote access to the genealogy database Ancestry

Avon Library’s subscription to Ancestry, one of the premier genealogy databases, is normally only accessible from within the library.  During during the current crisis, however, Ancestry is offering library cardholders remote access to their collection of 20 billion records and 100 million family trees.  Take advantage of this to start researching your family’s history today.  Have your library card handy and log in here or visit our Research tab to see all of Avon Library’s online history and genealogy resources.

Remote access to Ancestry is available until May 31, 2020.

Introducing hoopla Bonus Borrows!

Social distancing means more time for reading, listening, and binge watching.  If you have exhausted your hoopla borrows for the month, we have you covered!
The bonus borrows categories in hoopla offer hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks to download, plus dozens of movies, TV shows, and music albums to stream. And none of it counts towards your monthly hoopla borrowing limit.
Log into hoopla today and start reading, watching, or listening!  Find Bonus Borrow collections in the Category section on the hoopla website or in the Genre section of the app.
Bonus Borrows will be available until May 31, 2020.

COVID-19 and Library Services: Avon Library is closed to the public

Avon Library is closely monitoring news about the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Connecticut and is in contact with the Town of Avon and the Farmington Valley Health District to plan our response.  As the situation is changing rapidly, our response may change as well, so please check our website, social media accounts, or call the library at 860-673-9712 for the most up to date information.

Effective Monday, March 16 the library will be closed to the public indefinitely.  This closure is in conjunction with the Avon Public Schools and the Avon Senior Center and is intended to limit the community transmission of the virus.

Our bookdrops remain open to return materials, but all due dates have been extended to at least June 1, and no overdue fines will be charged during the time the library is closed to the public.

Library staff are now reporting to work so we can respond to your emails and phone calls.  We also began offering curbside pickup of library materials in mid-May.  Simply call the library at 860-673-9712 to request materials or place your own holds from home in the Library Catalog.  Once the items are ready, you will be notified, and you can call the Library to schedule an appointment for pickup.

The library offers a variety of virtual services, including downloads of e-books, e-audio, digital magazines and streaming video.  Our online databases are available for research 24/7 with a valid library card and you may call or email the library with reference questions or other inquiries.  Avon residents should send an email to if they need to obtain or renew a library card.

Additional authoritative and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 coronavirus is available through the following websites: