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With a phased reopening planned throughout the Downtown Library’s renovation period, Hartford Public Library is excited to open up more public spaces to join the already open sections, including the Center for Contemporary Culture (CCC), the Berkins on Main cafe, Library classrooms and Story Stash, HPL’s 24/7 book locker where you can conveniently pick up checked out materials.

Berkins on Main: Opened in December, this popular café offers breakfast and lunch options, award winning coffee, teas and more. Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (hours subject to change)

Baby Grand Jazz: Baby Grand Jazz is celebrating its 20th season and we are excited to welcome you back to the Downtown Library, CCC. Much of the Downtown Library remains closed, please enter through our Arch Street entrance when attending the Sunday afternoon concerts. The Library’s café, Berkins on Main, is also open on Sunday afternoons during our concert season. Due to construction, you must enter Berkins on Main through its Main Street entrance. Safety concerns will not allow you to walk through the library building.

We thank you for your interest in the

HPL Restore & Renew Campaign

We appreciate everyone who has reached out asking how they can support Hartford Public Library after the Downtown Library suffered significant water damage due to a burst pipe on Christmas Eve. We are pleased to announce the launch of the HPL Restore & Renew campaign to help cover any repairs or restorations to the Downtown Library that may not be covered by insurance. While there is insurance to cover costs associated with cleanup and repair, we anticipate there may be additional costs that may not be covered. 


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Please contact Director of Donor Relations Gilda Roncari at or (860) 695-6296 with any questions.

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