About & Mission

Who We Are & What We Do:

The mission of the Connecticut State Library is to preserve and make accessible Connecticut’s history and heritage and to advance the development of library services statewide.

The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The State Library also serves students, researchers, public libraries and town governments throughout the state. In addition, the State Library directs a program of statewide library development and administers the Library Services and Technology Act state grant. In conjunction with the Department of Higher Education, the State Library also administers researchitct.org– Connecticut’s source for free online resources.

Library, Connecticut State – Brief Description of State Agency

Photographic History of the Connecticut State Library Building
In 2004, the Connecticut State Library celebrated 150 years of service to the people of Connecticut. To mark that occasion, the State Archivist and other state library staff members created an online exhibit celebrating the construction of the building that continues to serve as the Connecticut State Library’s home in Hartford over 100 years later.  This is a portion of that exhibit: