Hartford Public Library was awarded $20,000 by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation through its “Creation of New Work” program to support the development of a sculpted piece by artist Marilyn Parkinson Thrall honoring the struggle of suffragettes to gain the right to vote.

Downtown Library Closed Through December 27
Out of an abundance of caution, due to potential COVID19 exposure, Hartford Public Library has ceased on-site operations at its Downtown Library through December 27.

While the physical space is closed, online resources will still be available and library staff will be working remotely to answer your calls and address your emails.

Contact-free service at all locations will also be suspended. The Downtown Library will reopen to the public on December 28, for its normal operating hours and contact-free service at all locations will resume.

Let us assure you that our cleaning and sanitation procedures are being performed with diligent frequency to keep our library spaces safe. In our reopening, we will continue to adhere to measures set by state and local guidelines to safely accommodate you.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.
Every day the YouMedia Center at Hartford Public Library brings technology to teens from all over Hartford.

YouMedia mentors hope to move beyond the sphere of the library, encouraging teens to pursue their passions, like photography and video, in their own lives.

Please support the YouMedia Center and all HPL programs! Consider giving to Beyond Words 2020 today!

To enjoy this year's Beyond Words documentary, please watch here.
Celebrate Kwanzaa With HPL!
HPL will be holding a Kwanzaa festival 2020, on Saturday, December 26th, 12:00 pm!

Join us for a virtual Kwanzaa celebration of family, community, and culture.


12:00 pm: Seven Principles of Kwanzaa presented by Master Storyteller Andre Keitt

12:30 pm:  African Drumming Circle presented by Master Drummer Inara Ramin

Keep you and your family safe!

Get the information you need to know about COVID-19 here, prepared by HPL librarians.
December Program Calendars
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-- E.L. Doctorow