About the Library » New Building

The Jack Russell Memorial Library provides the opportunity to expand and enhance Library services to the City of Hartford and surrounding communities. Your community library offers:

  • A separate teen area appealing to reading and musical interests, featuring special programming, book clubs, and gaming sessions.
  • A community room, designed to hold various library programs and community meetings, even after hours.
  • Consolidation of circulation, Interlibrary Loan, cataloging, and processing operations enabling these tasks to be completed away from the primary service desk.
  • Expanded adult programming in cooperation with the Friends of the Library including book clubs, literacy projects, computer assistance, book discussions, consumer information programs, and adult/children sessions.
  • Expanded Hartford History Room offering genealogical research materials, local history collections, and displays of community interest.
  • Special quiet reading areas overlooking the Mill Pond, complete with comfortable chairs, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Three small study rooms for small group meetings, one-on-one tutoring, and quiet study.
  • Nineteen Internet workstations throughout the facility.
  • WI-FI capability to enabling owners of laptops and other mobile devices to use the Library.
  • Green design and heating and cooling system making it less costly to operate.
  • Design codes that comply with current standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act for entrances, restrooms, and public service stations, including wider aisles and shorter shelves.
  • A 24-hour drive through materials return.
  • Customer service desks in all departments.
  • Over 100 public parking spaces to increase accessibility to the downtown.