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

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February is Black History Month

Archives

These are examples of some of the resources available from the Connecticut State Archives.

Much of this information is not available online. It is recommended to contact the History & Genealogy desk before coming to visit, as items need to be pulled from secured collections.

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.

Resources for studying African-American Heritage at the CT State Library

African-American Genealogy

Please note that this finding aid deals primarily with resources pertaining to African-American genealogy and local history from colonial times through the end of the nineteenth century. 

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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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