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Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice


Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice

Hartford Public Library is continuing to assess extensive water damage that occurred at its Downtown Library at 500 Main St. after a pipe burst over the Christmas weekend. At this time there is no estimate for how long the Downtown Library will be closed, or if the building can be reopened in portions. It is expected that many areas will be closed for an extended period of time. More information will be provided in the coming days and weeks when a full assessment has been completed. All programs, classes and events at the Downtown Library are currently postponed until further notice. ... Read More

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We have been experiencing problems with our phone system.

If you have t
rouble reaching us by phone, please contact us by email, chat (, or by texting us at 860-530-4376.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We also recommend you report the issue to your phone company or cell service provider.

HPL Central (Downtown) Library

Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice

500 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860-695-6300 


Reference/Information and Lending Services

Phone: 860-695-6295


For Branch locations and hours, click here

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Hartford Public Library 

Central Branch:  500 Main Street. Hartford, CT 06103 
Phone: 860-695-6300 | Text: 860-530-4376 | Email: | Chat:
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