Hartford Public Library system to expand hours this summer

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The Hartford Public Library system will be expanding hours of operation at various branches throughout the summer in order to fully restore weekend and evening hours by September.

Several branch libraries first reopened in May 2021 following the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they operated with limited hours.

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“We hear the needs of our community loud and clear and that’s why we are moving forward with a deliberate plan that balances the health and safety of our employees and customers with the needs for collaboration, information, programs, services and materials,” Hartford Public Library President and CEO Bridget E. Quinn said.

On Monday, June 6, the Albany Library and the Park Street Library @ the Lyric will return to a five-day-a-week service.

Tuesday, July 5, The Barbour, Camp Field and Dwight libraries will return to the five-day-a-week service.

All these libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

In September, evening hours will resume across the library system. Also, the Albany Library and Park Street Library will be open on the weekends. An exact date has not been determined yet.

“This phased-in approach will allow us to provide more public access while maintaining appropriate staffing levels as we continue to assess how we provide services in light of an environment that has been forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic," Quinn said.

The Ropkins Library and the Boundless Library @Rawson remain closed. According to officials, renovations are underway at the Ropkins Library with goals for the building to reopen this fall.