New Library Hours Begin Tuesday, September 5
Albany , 1250 Albany Ave., 860-695-7380
M/W 10-6 Tu/Th 10-8; Fri,10-5; Sat 10-5
Barbour , 261 Barbour St., 860-695-7400
M/W 10-8; Tu/Th 10-6; Fri,10 -5
Camp Field , 20 Campfield Ave, 860-695-7440
M/W, 10 -6 ; Tu/Th 10 -8; Fri, 10-5
Dwight , 7 New Park Ave., 860-695-7460
M/W 10 -6 ; Tu/Th, 10-8; Fri, 10-5
Park , 744 Park St., 860-695-7500.
M/W, 10-8; Tu/Th,10-6; Fri,10-5; Sat, 10-5
Ropkins , 1750 Main St., 860-695-7520.
M/W/Th,3-6; Tu, 1:30 - 6; Fri, 3-5 pm
Downtown , 500 Main St., 860-695-6300.
M-Th, 9:30-8; Fri-Sat, 9:30-5; Sun, November through April, 1-5.
Blue Hills, 649 Blue Hills Ave., 860-695-7420.
Monday, 11-2; Wednesday, 3-6
Goodwin , 460 New Britain Ave.,860-695-7480.
Tuesday, 11-2; Thursday, 3-6
Mark Twain , 927 Asylum Ave.,860-695-7540.
Tu/Th, 5:30-7:30
YOUmedia, 2nd floor, Downtown, Tu-Th 3-8; Fri, 3-5, Sat, 10-5. Early school dismissal Wednesdays, (Sept. 6), opens at 1 pm.
Hartford History Center , 3rd Floor, Downtown, Tu- Fri, 1-5, or by appointment, 860-695-6297
Photo by Jack McConnell

New Hours for The Kitchen

The Kitchen is open from 8 am to 8 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours on Mondays and Fridays remain 8 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, Sept. 14, The Kitchen will close at 1:30 pm to prepare for its 9th Annual Farm-to-Table dinner, at Billings Forge Green, next to the Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St. Information here
Holiday Closing
Hartford Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.
SEP 6: Hartford Open Mic Event

6:00-7:30 pm
Writing workshop 6-6:20 pm

A weekly open mic with a focus on poetry, promoting literacy, writing, community engagement, and ownership over words and experience both collective and individual. Open to all. Bring your best 3-5 minutes of material. Hosted by performing poet and artist Zulynette Morales.
This program is a partnership between Hartford Public Library, UConn Library, and Zulynette Morales
SEP 7: WNPR Health Equity and Access Forum
Thursday, September 7, 5:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Are Bias and Stereotyping Factors in the Health Care System?  We’ll ask the questions “Is structural bias and stereotyping in the health care system a factor in disparate outcomes? If so, how does it manifest and how can we address it?”
SEP 15: Open House

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit Downtown, Albany, Barbour, Camp Field, Dwight, Park and Ropkins locations during our city-wide Open House. We'll have music, activities, and snacks. We'll also be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15); and Welcoming Week (September 15-25) with board games played around the world.
SEP 16: Encounters: Voting Rights Act
600 Main Street
10 am-1 pm
Join us for a dialogue about the Voting Rights Act and the power of the individual vote We'll talk in the galleries surrounded by the "30 for 30" exhibition. This is the second season of Encounters, a partnership with the Hartford History Center at HPL, Amistad, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute.

Douglas M. Spencer, UConn Professor of Law and Public Policy, is featured.

Image: Fred Hampton, a member of the Black Panther Party, was murdered in his sleep in 1969. Emory Douglas work "Black Panther Party: I am a Revolutionary" is in the "30 for 30" exhibit at the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Get With The Times Reception
SEP 27: ArtWalk
Downtown 3rd Floor

Did you or someone you know work at The Hartford Times?

Hartford Public Library is sponsoring a Hartford Times Reunion at its closing reception of our “Get with The Times: The Newspaper and the City” exhibit. Join us Wednesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the ArtWalk,  on the third floor of the Downtown library, 500 Main Street.

We will commemorate the event with a group photo of all former employees on the portico of the newly-renovated Hartford Times building, the centerpiece of the new UConn Downtown Campus.

The exhibit has inspired many who worked at the Times to reach out with fond memories. Papergirls and boys, writers, editors, photographers, and the family of the publisher have shared their thoughts. We have heard from a family who thinks they know the identity of the news carrier in the photo above.
Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who worked at Hartford Times.

RSVP: Gilda Roncari,  or 860 695-6296. If you were a Hartford Times employee, please let us know when you respond.
Light refreshments will be served.
Teen Services
Reopens Tuesday, September 5

Our YOUmedia staff is taking time to plan great programs for the new school year. All teens, 13-19, are welcome to visit YOUmedia on the second floor in the Downtown Library when it reopens Tuesday, September 5.
Download Books, Audio, Magazines
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can access e-books through the HPL website or through apps on your Smartphone or tablet.
Overdrive eBooks on Overdrive are accessible through its new Libby app. Start on the HPL page and follow the guide to the download process.

RB Digital eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines can be downloaded to your Kindle app.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, are now in our digital collection.
Adult Classes
Register for Fall Classes
  • Citizenship Preparation and Application Support
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 
  • GED Preparation
  • Immigrant Career Pathways: Servsafe and Food Handler Trainings
  • Immigrant Youth Enrichment
  • Spanish Language Classes

Contact us:  860-695-6357 or
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Go to and search for Hartford Public Library in the available charities to support. Purchase your items through Amazon as you normally would and HPL will receive a portion of the sales (at no cost to you). 
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