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Hartford Public Library expands services at branches while downtown location remains closed

Hartford Public Library
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Clean up efforts in the Hartford Public Library move on as the damage is still being accessed from the Christmas Eve water main brake and the repairs that will be needed to regain services in Hartford, Connecticut January 05, 2023.

Hartford Public Library is expanding programs and resources at other branches and outside locations with the downtown branch still closed due to flooding from a pipe burst in late December.

Library branches are doing “tremendous work” in offering services since the flooding, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.

“It’s the whole community coming together to make sure that we’re not missing a beat and providing the same great service to the community that our libraries always do,” Bronin said at a recent news conference.

Library officials have said that parts of the downtown branch may reopen this summer, but there’s no formal estimate as to when the building will fully reopen.

The flooding damaged book displays, CDs and videos, along with walls and floors. The library system has launched the HPL Restore & Renew campaign to raise money to pay for repairs and restorations.

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Patrons can still access library resources at different locations. Meanwhile, officials say the Barbour Library is closed for repairs to its heating system.


The YOUmedia studio, which teaches animation and design, is operating out of the Albany Branch and is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. on Friday. Contact YOUmedia at youmedia@hplct.org

The American Place

Programs through The American Place have been relocated to other sites across the Hartford Public Library system and in the city. The program includes adult education and immigration services and offers GED prep, citizenship and English language classes. For questions, call 860-695-6337 or email tap@hplct.org.

Baby Grand Jazz series

Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz concert series will be held at Center Church at 60 Gold St. as scheduled, Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 23. The final performance on April 30 will take place at the Artists Collective, 1200 Albany Ave.

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Connecticut Public's Emily Caminiti contributed to this report.

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