Hartford Public Library


Our Vision

The Library will be a national leader in redefining the urban public library in the 21st century as an innovative and stimulating place where people can learn and discover, explore their passions, and find a rich array of resources that contribute to a full life.

Our Core Values

  • Providing service excellence
  • Achieving results
  • Collaborating to achieve the Library’s mission

Our Value Proposition

Democratizing access to information and opportunity.


We serve the people of City of Hartford, our principal funders and customers. We are in and of the community…a place like no other. We are a gateway for immigrants and refugees…an early literacy center for preschoolers…a wifi hot spot and business office for area workers…an exhibit space for artists…a technology resource for residents and visitors…a lender of books and other educational and entertaining materials… a training center for the development of new skills…the repository of Hartford’s history…a gathering place for people to relax, explore, learn, and grow.

One Core Idea

At Hartford Public Library, you will discover a place like no other. Through its mix of enriching resources, you can find a place that provides the spark for your conversation, the power for your passion, the courage for your soul and the food for your mind.

It is more than just pages. It is the window to knowledge and understanding of the world.

Our Six Priorities

  1. Community-wide service and branches
  2. Commitment to literacy
  3. Expanded presence, profile and partnerships
  4. Board governance and organizational excellence
  5. Development and financial sustainability
  6. Current technology


News January 16 2024

2024 Dublin Literary Award Longlist Revealed

With books nominated by 80 libraries from 35 countries, 4 novels by Irish authors are in the running for the €100,000 prize sponsored by Dublin City Council
News November 28 2023

2024 Dublin Literary Award Judges Announced

Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.
Video May 26 2023

2023 Award Winners in Conversation with Rick O’Shea

Author, Katja Oskamp and translator, Jo Heinrich in conversation.


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