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Stags Read: Book Recommendations

This guide provides book recommendations with links to books from the Library's catalog and to other external websites.

Fairfield's One Book One Town

Logo for One Book One TownEach year the town of Fairfield's One Book One Town committee (which Fairfield U is a part of too) selects a book for a shared community read and offers a variety of programming. The book title is usually revealed in December or January and the author typically gives a talk in March which Fairfield residents and campus attend.

See the Fairfield Public Library's One Book One Town page for a list of past titles.

The 2024 OBOT title will be announced in January.

The 2023 OBOT title was I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye by Ivan Maisel. For more about the book, and companion titles for younger readers, see our blog post.  Maisel spoke at the Quick Center for the Arts on March 28th, 2023. The event was recorded and is available here.


The 2022 OBOT title was The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Klune gave a talk on Tuesday, March 1st. 2022. The event was recorded and is available here.

Getting the Most out of Your Public Library

Having Fun Isn't Hard When  You've Got a Library Card graphic from tv show, ArthurWe hope that you will explore what your public library has to offer in the town that you are a resident of, in addition to our campus library. To do so you will want to obtain a library card from your public library. Usually this involves showing a photo ID such as a driver's license or permit, and possibly a piece of addressed mail. Each town will have different requirements.

Fairfield University students can also register for a Fairfield Public Library card. See their website for their requirements.

In addition to being able to borrow print books, eBooks, audio books, films, etc., you may have access to attend certain library events AND many pubic libraries have great audio book holdings or access to streaming film platforms. All FREE for you to use as a library cardholder.

Did you Know?

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library borrows and lends book to and from other public libraries and academic libraries around the country. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service to Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff enabling borrowing materials from outside the DNL's collection. The first time you use the service you need to fill out a quick account registration page. Then you can place book or article requests.

Log in with your NetID and Password here

Interlibrary Loan FAQ here

Need help figuring out how to request materials? Ask a Librarian


WorldCat is a giant catalog of international library and archival holdings. For example you can search for a book title and enter your zip code to see which local libraries have the book available. You may even be able to borrow the book through Interlibrary Loan (see the Did you Know box on this guide) or visit the library that has the item.