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HPL Reopens! : Downtown

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


What Can I Do at the Library?

Available On-site Services

One visit per day. 90 minutes per visit, maximum. 
Visits inside the library can only be made for the following services:

  • Computer Use - 1 person per computer
    • The computer will automatically log off 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 
    • Phone consultation is required
    • English- and Spanish-speaking Agents available
    • Fee: $15.00 (Adult), $10.00 (Youth or Senior) - Exact 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 Computer

Notary Public Services are not available at the library at this time. 
Other local options for Notary Services:

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


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. 

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. Please do not bring any books into the library. Returned books are quarantined for 4 days before they are re-shelved. Please note that recently returned books will not be taken off your record for 4 days, but they will be back-dated when checked in, so no fines will accrue for books 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 must schedule a pick up time. 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.