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HPL Reopens! : Downtown

Welcome Back to HPL
Hartford Public Library | Downtown |  500 Main St., Hartford
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm





What Can I Do at the Library?

Available On-site Services

  • Computer Use
    • 1-hour per day
    • Staff assistance is not available at this time
  • Printing from a Library Computer
    • Black and White or Color Prints
    • 5 free B&W Prints per day
    • Additional pages - 15 cents/page
    • Color Prints - 25 cents/page
    • Machine accepts coins, $1 and $5 bills only
  • Copy/Fax/Scan
    • Copies - 15 cents/page
    • Fax - $1.50/1st page; $1.00/each additional page
    • Machine accepts coins, $1 and $5 bills only
  • Municipal ID
    • By appointment only
    • Phone consultation is required
    • English- and Spanish-speaking Agents available
    • Fee: $15.00 (Adult), $10.00 (Youth or Senior) - Exact cash only
  • Notary Public Services
    • By appointment only
    • Phone consultation is required
    • English- and Spanish-speaking Notaries available
    • Fee: $5.00 per Notarization - Exact cash only
  • Passport Services

Due to social distancing guidelines, staff assistance at the computers is not available at this time.

Do You Need a Library Card?

If you are a Hartford resident and need a library card, please fill out the online application found here: Get a Library Card.

You will be able to use our online resources right away. Once your card is processed, we will send it to you in the mail. The physical card will allow you to place holds and borrow library materials. 

Can I Borrow Items From the Library?

Borrowing Library Materials

You can borrow library books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs by using our new Contact-free Pick up Service. 
Place holds on the items you want, then schedule an appointment to pick them up. 

At this time, browsing the library collection is not permitted. We hope to reopen the stacks to the public soon. 

How to Request and Pick up Library Materials

To place holds on items at the library:

1. Search the library catalog to find the items you want or use our request form and let us pick for you.

2. Place a hold on the item(s)

3. After you are notified that your items are ready to be picked up, schedule a pick up time from the Downtown Library, Campfield Branch, or Albany Branch, or visit the Library on Wheels at one of the scheduled locations. If you are placing holds on multiple items, we recommend waiting until all of your holds are ready for pickup before making your appointment.

Contact Us

HPL Central Branch

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