Hartford Public Library reopens downtown branch with new safety measures, services


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A small step in the reopening process is happening Monday in Hartford. Part of the public library is now open again.

I think we can safely say Mark Twain would be would be proud. This is the first time since March the community has been welcomed into the main branch of the library. But you better have your mask on.

“Of course the Hartford Public Library is going to do everything they possibly can to make sure that it is a safe environment,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. things will be somewhat back to normal at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library.

Computers, fax service, and copy machines are back in use to the public. You can also print or scan and make appointments to take care of passports, IDs, and notary services.

LT. Governor Susan Bysiewicz stopped by to encourage people to use this time to fill out their census applications by October.

“It’s important for Hartford particularly because literally a third of the city doesn’t have reliable internet access,” said Bysiewicz.

“Since this is our largest building we decided to start here. We do have two branches that are starting their curbside pickup today,” said Marie Jarry, Director of Public Services, HPL.

And if you need to use these computers to do your taxes, you better get in here quickly because they are due on Wednesday

For more information, visit the center’s official website here.

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