A collection of community resources at NHFPL and beyond.
A Message From NHFPL
In this time of uncertainty, we will hope to continue to provide valuable access to all our community members on information and resources available from the New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) and the New Haven community.

The first priority of the NHFPL is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, our library users, and our community. As NHFPL locations are currently closed, we thank you for your understanding as we join the effort to keep our community safe. We will continue to update our plan and our communications as we have further information.

Follow the Library on   Facebook , Twitter , and   Instagram f or day-to-day updates. You can also visit our website for more information.

For assistance, please call the Library and leave a message at (203) 946-8130 x101 or email at refdesk@nhfpl.org . We will answer your message as promptly as possible, and we thank you for your patience as we monitor both email and voicemails remotely.
NHFPL Updates & Resources
Check Outs and Returns

  • All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through Thursday, April 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.
  • No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
  • We encourage you to keep all library materials you may have until the library reopens.
Enjoy NHFPL Digital Resources Anywhere!

We have a extensive collection of books, magazines, comics, music, and TV or movies to watch on our website, all just a download away!  Visit our   Downloads  and   Electronic Resources  pages for a full selection, and browse this list of highlights:

Support Your Child's Distance Learning

Access free home learning resources such as homework help, classes and lessons, and much more on our website. Resources available for students K-12 here !
Board of Alders-Finance Committee Meeting

Participate in the Alders Finance Committee Meeting on the FY21 budget - Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6 pm . You can join via zoom at   https://zoom.us/j/204204463.

See the full Board of Alders schedule of meetings here .
Enjoy Ives Squared Remotely

Build Your Creative and Technical Skills from Home with Lynda.com! 

All levels of training in software, creative and business skills are available through Lynda.com , free with your NHFPL library card. Learn software, creative techniques and business strategies for all levels with thousands of video tutorials. Go at your own pace, follow a curriculum and absorb new skills!

Create Projects from Experts on Creativebug

You can access over a thousand award-winning craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. From drawing and illustration to jewelry making, knitting to home décor (and everything in between), patrons of all ages and skill levels will find inspiration. Log in with your library card

Join a Maker Space Virtual Meet Up

Looking for new ideas to take advantage of when the Ives Squared Tinker Lab or MakeHaven reopen? Check out the virtual maker meetups being organized across the state by Makerspace CT! New topic every evening - Monday-Friday 6:30-7:30pm.
Community Resources
Don't Let Them Count You Out!
Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is now available to fill out online  or by phone: 844-330-2020. En español o por teléfono: 844-468-2020.

Participation in the 2020 Census remains critically important for access to health care and other resources in New Haven. The U.S. Census counts the country’s population and households. It determines voting districts and the number of congressional seats, and guides the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding every year. New Haven receives around $3,000 per person counted to support vital civic and community programs!

Be heard and spread the word.
Liberty Community Services is Still Here to Help

If you need assistance with housing related services, resumes/CVs, job searching and applications, phone applications, SNAP applications, or recovery support services Liberty Community Services is still here to help. Call 203-497-2300 and ask for Victoria.
Still Need Help Filing Taxes in CT? VITA is Going Virtual

Sign up for a virtual tax appointment to prepare your 2019 return here. A VITA preparer will call you at your appointment time and complete your return with you over the phone. A second VITA preparer will check their work before filing. This assistance is available to CT residents.

Need more info? Email virtualvita.ct@gmail.com
Learn About Resources Available From the Connecticut Department of Labor

For those wondering what resources are available for employers and workers during this time -- especially for those who may be looking for information regarding unemployment benefits or losses of wages during closures -- please visit the FAQ provided by the   Connecticut Department of Labor
2-1-1 is Your Connection to Hundreds of Local
Human Services

2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. Dial 2-1-1 or search online .
If you are outside of Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1-number, dial
Financial Assistance Available For Small Businesses through SBA

Small business owners who are affected by Coronavirus and the rapidly changing financial situation occurring in the U.S. right now can get significant help from the Small Business Administration. Visit their website  for more information.
Connect to the Internet free for 60 days
with Comcast Internet Essentials

If you're struggling to get connected to the internet, Comcast is here to help. They have released their most recent COVID-19 plan to help keep Americans connected.

The plan includes:
  • Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area will receive 60 days of complimentary sign-up for Internet Essentials service.
  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
  • They will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. 

Find more information here .
New Special Healthcare Enrollment Period

Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period for these exceptional circumstances, from March 19 through April 2, 2020 for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents! Visit their website for more info!
Help Support Local Businesses and Nonprofits

New Haven Relief Resources is a "directory of resources for New Haven residents, businesses, and organizations that can use some help to support both the community and their staff during (and beyond) the state-mandated shutdown." You can also make a suggestion if you know an organization that you think should be added to the list. Visit the website.
COVID-19 Resources
Please visit these trusted sources for current information and updates.
City of New Haven COVID-19 Hub

Visit the City of New Haven COVID-19 website for the latest developments from City Hall, reliable local and global statistics, and guidance documents for community agencies on operations during this time .

On the website you will also find the New Haven School Meals Distribution Sites. Use their interactive map to see all meal distribution sites nearest to you and their open hours. Find locations near you here .
Yale New Haven Health Hotline

Yale New Haven Health has opened a call center for individuals
with questions about COVID-19. The number is 833-275-9644.
For more information, click here .

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