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HPL -What Can I Do at the Library?: Downtown


What Can I Do at the Library?

Available On-site Services - Branches

  • Branches will be open for all regular services.

Available On-site Services - Downtown

Computer sessions are limited to 2 hours.

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

  • General book stacks are now OPEN to the public.

  • Children's Department is open.

  • YouMedia is accessible by appointment, and YA Collections are open on the main floor.

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

  • Computer Use - 1 person per computer

    • The computer will automatically end the session after 2 hours.

  • 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 to $4 - 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





The Downtown Children's Department
is open!



Can I Borrow Items From the Library?

Borrowing Library Materials

Collections are open! 

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! Staff are always ready to help. 

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. 

Update: HPL has gone fine free! That means if you have overdue books or DVDs, you can return them and any fines and fees associated with those materials will be removed. 

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.

Questions? Please call 860-695-6300 or email

Do You Need a Library Card?

Apply Online
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. 

Apply in Person
Get a library card at any library branch. Just bring in a photo ID and proof of your Hartford address. If your ID has your current address on it, that's all we need. If not, bring in a copy of your lease or mortgage, a recent utility bill, or recent piece of mail showing your name and address. Please see our full policy here.

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 Library Hours and Branch locations, click here


Hartford Public Library 

Central Branch:  500 Main Street. Hartford, CT 06103 
Phone: 860-695-6300 | Text: 860-530-4376 | Email: | Chat:
For Branch locations and hours, click here