To take advantage of all the Fairfield Public and Pequot libraries offer, patrons have had to use separate library cards.

Now the local libraries are launching "One Card One Town," which gives people easy access to all materials in both of the libraries, including digital ones.

"For lending materials, you've always been able to use any library card," said Martha Lord, executive director of the privately managed Pequot Library in the Southport section of town. But a digital database that might be available at one library isn't necessarily available at the other, Lord said, requiring library cards from both Pequot and Fairfield if access is desired from either one or the other.

"Pequot Library card holders couldn't access some of the databases" at the Fairfield libraries, Lord said, but having both libraries buy the same databases makes no financial sense.

Lord said at Pequot, patrons are offered a Fairfield library card if they have only one for Pequot, and a Pequot "affinity sticker" to put on their card if it was issued by the municipal library. The sticker gives residents an opportunity for discounts on select programs and events at the Pequot Library.

She said they also ask Fairfield card holders if they'd like to sign up for the Pequot e-flier.

The new initiative is being promoted this month because September is "Library Card Sign-Up Month."

Town Librarian Karen Ronald said of the undertaking, "Pequot Library has been a community partner for decades and we hope this service is of benefit to all Fairfield residents."

The new card, or a card with an affinity sticker, is also valid at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. "One card gives you convenient access to resources in both libraries, so why have two?" she said.

"Fairfielders love their libraries and this service will make it even easier to access all the valuable resources we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy from these great community organizations," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.