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Coronavirus / COVID-19: Hartford Public Library Online

Information and Resources

The physical library is closed until further notice during the Coronavirus pandemic, but our online library is still available. We offer lots of resources, classes, and services that you can access anytime!

If you would like to speak with a librarian, please call 860-695-6300 or email us at


Research Databases

Online Learning


Creativebug: Craft Classes and Workshops - Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more! Not only are step-by-step videos available, so are downloadable patterns, templates and recipes. Create your own account and start crafting today.

LearningExpress Library An interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 pratice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate schools admissions exams, GED exam and more. 

Universal Class - Over 500 courses ranging from basic math to cooking to personal development that you can take at any time without having to wait for sessions to start or end. Once in a course, you will watch engaging videos and receive feedback from friendly instructors. When you complete a course, Universal Class offers Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificates to document your achievement. 

Check out our website for many more learning opportunities!

HPL Reopens with Limited Services July 13

Hartford Public Library-Downtown will open for limited services (computer access, self-serve copying/scanning/faxing, Municipal ID, Notary Public, and Passport services by appointment) July 13. More information.

  • All other physical locations will be closed to the public until further notice in response to the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID19 virus.
  • All workshops, outreach, classes, and programs are canceled or moved online
  • For the foreseeable future, the renewal period for borrowed materials will be extended to compensate for late returns. Materials will be automatically renewed and no fines will accrue during the closure.
  • Online resources, such as e-books, databases, and streaming media are available here

Library personnel will be available for questions via e-mail at or by calling ‪860-695-6300‬.  


“As more information becomes available, we will reassess, respond, and act accordingly. During the closure we encourage people to take advantage of our robust online resources.” - Hartford Public Library President and CEO, Bridget Quinn-Carey