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261 Barbour Street
Hartford, CT 06120

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Barbour Library is open 3-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month to accomodate Connecticut Foodshare distributions.

Please note, there will be no Foodshare Distribution on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023. Because of the holiday closing, that Foodshare distribution day will be moved up to Thursday, Nov. 16.


The Barbour Branch library is located in the Northeast section of the City of Hartford. The branch opened in October 1927 at 572 Windsor Street and remained there until 1939. During this time, it was called the Windsor Street Branch.

In April 1939, the branch moved to rented quarters on Barbour Street and was renamed the Barbour Branch. In July 1974, the Barbour Branch moved to 281 Barbour Street, in Unity Plaza, which is also a rented facility. In February 2014, the Barbour Branch moved to its current location at 261 Barbour Street.

Social Story

A social story helps to prepare a child for an experience, and lists the expectations for a certain space. Click here for a copy of the social story for the Barbour Libary which will help a child prepare for a safe and successful visit to the branch.