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Welcome to the Connecticut State Library

Discover the many ways the Connecticut State Library supports and inspires researchers, students, historians, local and state governments, and all residents of Connecticut.  

Looking for important services and information? The State Library houses reference services, public records, and the official State archives. We can help you sign up for a library card, access retention schedules, learn about our state's rich history and heritage, and much more.   

Visit the Connecticut State Library today!
Address: 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Ask A Librarian

Have a specific question? Chat with us Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. or email us today. 


CT Library for Accessible Books

CT Library for Accessible Books, Division of Library Development

Apply for free access to books in audio and braille formats.
Public Records Administration

Public Records Administration

Records management for state agencies, towns, cities, and other subdivisions of the state.
Services to Libraries & Librarians

Services to Libraries and Librarians

Access statewide programs and services, professional development and consulting services at the Division of Library Development (DLD).

State Archives

State Archives

Explore Connecticut’s history through official records, documents, letters, and photos.
Reference Services

Reference Services

Find government, history, law, and legislative resources.
Historians & Genealogists

Historians and Genealogists

Historical information about our state and the people who have lived in it.
Local & State Agencies

Local and State Agencies

Explore our library of resources for state agencies and municipalities.
Legal Researchers

Legal Researchers

Find a collection of state and federal legal publications. Learn more about state, federal, and local government, state history and laws, genealogy, or public records and patents.


Hiking Thru History
Hiking Thru History 
Friday Events

June 21

July 12 | August 2

September 6 | October 18

CT Public Libraries Statewide Annual Reports 2023
Connecticut State Library Releases Two Reports: “CT’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, 2022-2023” and “Statistical Trends in CT Public Libraries, 2023” 
New State Library Outreach Van

Outreach, programs, events and exhibits used for all State Library divisions and units.

Images of the Outreach Van: 
Ramp Access
Inside the Van
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History Day
The latest updates for History Day.


Works Progress Administration 1935-1939

Works Progress Administration

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established in 1935 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and funded by Congress through the Emergency Relief Appropriate Act of 1935
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About the Connecticut State Library

In 2004, the Connecticut State Library (CSL) celebrated 150 years of service to the people of Connecticut

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