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HPL Reopens! : Downtown

Welcome Back to HPL



Computers, Curated Browsing, and Socially Distanced Seating Downtown

What Can I Do at the Library?

Available On-site Services - as of April 19:

One visit per day. 2 hours per visit, maximum. Computer sessions are limited to 90 minutes.

Masks are required at all times; please remember to socially distance and keep 6 feet apart.

Visits inside the library can be made for the following services:

  • NEW! Browsable Curated Collections 

    • Smaller collections available for browsing:

      • New Books, Cooking, Gardening, Self-care, Job Searching, Children's books, DVDs, and more! 

      • General book stacks are still closed to the public.

      • Children's and YA Departments are still closed to the public. 

      • Staff can pull any books you need from the general stacks.

  • NEW! Self-check out machines—scan your card, scan your items, and go!

  • NEW! Limited seating available

    • Read, use our Wi-fi

  • Computer Use - 1 person per computer

    • The computer will automatically end the session after 90 minutes.

    • Return visits are not permitted.

    • 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 - call 860-695-6300 to schedule

    • Phone consultation required

    • English- and Spanish-speaking Agents available

    • Fee: $15.00 (Adult), $10.00 (Youth or Senior) - cash only

  • Notary Public Services*

    • By appointment only - call 860-695-6300 to schedule

    • Phone consultation is required

    • English- and Spanish-speaking Notaries available

    • Fee: $5.00 per document - cash only

  • Passport Services

  • Hartford History Center

    • By appointment only - call 860-695-6297 or email

  • The American Place (TAP)

    • By appointment only - call 860-695-6337 or email

  • Foundation Center Grants Research

*Other local options for Notary Services:


Hartford Public Library | Downtown |  500 Main St., Hartford
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Branches are starting to reopen! 

Albany and Dwight will reopen the week of July 5!

Albany will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-6pm 

Dwight will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-6pm

Barbour and Camp Field are already open!
Barbour: Mondays & Wednesdays 10am - 6pm
Camp Field: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am - 6pm 

Can I Borrow Items From the Library?

Borrowing Library Materials

Contact-Free Pickup
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. 

Browsable Curated Collections (starting April 19)
We have created limited, curated collections for you to browse and check out. The general book stacks are still closed to the public. Staff can pull any books you need to check out. 

Self-checkout Machines
Please use our contact-free self-serve checkout machines. You just need to scan your card and then place the items you want to check out on the pad. It's that easy! 


Returning Library Materials

You can return library materials to the outdoor book return bins at the following branches: Albany, Park, Dwight, Camp Field, and Downtown. The Downtown library also has two indoor book returns: one in the Main St. vestibule and one inside on the main level. Please do not return items directly to staff. Returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before they are re-shelved. Please note that recently returned items will be back-dated when checked in, so no fines will accrue for items returned on time.

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, you may come in to the library to pick them up.

  • If you prefer, you can schedule a pick up time to pick up the items using our Contact-Free (Curbside) Pickup Service at the Arch St. entrance. Instructions on how to do this will be included in the notification you receive. 

Questions? Please call 860-695-6300 or email

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. 

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