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


Audio June 11 2024

All About Books: Katy Conneely, Dublin City FM on the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

In her 'All About Books' podcast Katy Conneely attends the Winning Ceremony of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on 23rd May 2024 and provides some highlights of the ceremony
Video June 5 2024

2024 Dublin Literary Award Winners Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter In Conversation

Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter, winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award take an in-depth look at the winning title, Solenoid with Alex Clarke as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.
Video May 31 2024

Dublin Literary Award 2024 Winner Announcements Highlights

Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu and translator Sean Cotter have been announced as winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on Thursday 23rd of May, for the novel Solenoid.
Video May 8 2024

Alexis Wright – Praiseworthy Q&A

Q&A with Alexis Wright, one of the six shortlisted authors for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award in which she discusses her passion for libraries and explores the influences behind her novel Praiseworthy


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