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The Library's online catalog is your first stop to locate books, movies, music, and other individual items from the various collections.  The records represent collections in many languages, and in a variety of formats including:

  • Printed materials
  • Music scores and sheet music
  • Microforms
  • Archival and manuscript materials
  • Musical and non-musical sound recordings
  • Video and film
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Software and databases

Popular Resources:

Freegal Music is a downloadable music service which provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment. Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their barcode and pin number. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.

Transparent Language Online is a powerful language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lessons for many different languages. This database also features ESL lessons for Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Spanish speakers.
UniversalClass™ - The UniversalClass™ website offers hundreds of affordable online CE classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic. Join us today, and let's start learning together. 


Book Clubs & Discussions
Book Clubs & Discussions
Read and discuss. Listen and learn. Connect here with a variety of book discussion groups that fuel your interests!
Book Lists & Reviews
Book Lists & Reviews
Find out what readers and critics are saying about the latest book releases!
Film Notes
Film Notes
Learn more about the Library's DVD and videocassette collections, discover a new favorite movie or film director, read up on your film trivia and more! You will also find helpful links to other film-related web sites.
eBooks & Downloadable Media
eBooks & Downloadable Media
The Hartford Public Library Collection of Downloadable Media includes electronic books, music, audiobooks, and video that you can check out to use on your computer or portable device.
HPL Video Library
HPL Video Library
The Hartford Public Library's video archives chronicle citizen involvement in our city, region and state. Find videos here that can inform you about our political process, economy, infrastructure, educational system, arts and cultural scene!