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Our new North End Library is coming to the Swift Factory!

Hartford Public Library is excited to announce plans for a new library and job training center coming to the Swift Factory on Love Lane in North Hartford. In collaboration with the nonprofit Community Solutions, HPL will occupy 15,000 square feet over two floors in the former gold leaf manufacturing plant.

The facility will include an intake office, two 25-seat classrooms, a 1,400-square-foot fully networked computer lab and a light manufacturing simulation lab, in addition to a full-service library that will replace the existing location on nearby Barbour Street. A plethora of services will be offered to North Hartford residents to serve as a multigenerational hub for education, career training and skills building. Some of the services will include:

  • Entrepreneurial and small business classes.
  • Technology training in a dedicated computer lab space.
  • Citizenship classes and legal services.
  • GED and pre-GED classes; ESL and English Language Learning; financial literacy.
  • Certifications in ServSafe Food Handling and ServSafe Food Managers in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association.
  • Light manufacturing such as welding, specific equipment training (such as mills and lathes), Certified Production Technician and Certified Logistics Technician.

The anticipated total cost to open the facility is $8 million; funded by a combination of public and private funding, including a significant $5.5 million investment by the City of Hartford. The overall redevelopment of the Swift Factory represents a $41 million investment in North Hartford. Construction is expected to be completed within 18 months; with a target groundbreaking in the fall of 2022.

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