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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. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (hours subject to change)

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Patio Service Downtown starts May 1! 
Visit the Patio for books, library cards, events and more. 
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through October
(Weather Permitting!)

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Amy Labossiere, Library Patron, picks her book up at the Story Stash.

The Story Stash is a remote locker system that allows you to pick up your items on hold at your convenience 24/7. This service is only available at our Downtown location. It’s located next to the book drop on Arch street.

To learn more, visit the link below.

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. 


Visit the updates and FAQs page to learn more. 

Click the button below to donate, and we are grateful for your support.

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

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