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Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice


12.31.23 - Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice

Hartford Public Library is continuing to assess extensive water damage that occurred at its Downtown Library at 500 Main St. after a pipe burst over the Christmas weekend. At this time there is no estimate for how long the Downtown Library will be closed, or if the building can be reopened in portions. It is expected that many areas will be closed for an extended period of time. More information will be provided in the coming days and weeks when a full assessment has been completed. All programs, classes and events at the Downtown Library are currently postponed until further notice. ... Read More


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Security Guard Card Training Program

Hartford Public Library’s Security Officer Training Program, commonly known as "Guard Card" class, has been approved by the State of Connecticut.  The successful completion of this one-day program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officer ID card, issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection. (C.G.S. Sec 29-161q)

Class Fee: $100* payable by check or money order only
Contact us:

Phone: (860) 695-7380

Deliver payment to: ALBANY BRANCH LIBRARY


Class Dates

Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 12

Wednesday, May 17

Wednesday, May 10

Wednesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 7


NOTECurrently, due to the Main Library’s closure, payments and registration can be dropped off at the Albany branch location information here.

*Cancellations 3 days prior to class will be refunded $75.00 (*$25.00 of the $100.00 fee is nonrefundable) 

*No refunds for individuals who do not cancel 3 days prior to scheduled class, or attend class but leave early. 



  • Call the CT Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection with any questions at (860) 685-8046, including if you lose your license.
  • Your license is good for 5 years. It costs $100 every 5 years to renew your license. You do not have to take the course again as long as you do not let it expire.

If license is expired for more than 30 days you are treated as a brand new student. You will have to take the class over again and pay all the fees like a new student.

  • Contact the CT Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection at (860) 685-8046 or email them at 

After the Class

After completing the course, applicants will be responsible for the following:

Filling out the application (DPS135C)

Copy of current driver’s license

1 passport style photo

Obtaining fingerprints

Complete naturalization paperwork (if applicable)

Checks or money orders for:

  • $100 application fee
  • $75 CT background check 
  • $13.25 FBI check

The class instructor will provide more details about what you need to do to apply for a Guard Card.

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