New Haven Free Public Library

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New Haven Free Public Library
Established 1887
Location New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Branches 6 (including Bookmobile)
Size 485,823
Access and use
Population served 129,779 (New Haven, 2010)
Members 42,838 (FY 2011-12)
Other information
Budget $3,617,074 (FY 2012-13)
Director Martha Brogan
Staff 38 FT (FY 2013-14)

The New Haven Free Public Library (also known as the NHFPL) is the public library system serving New Haven, Connecticut.

The system began in 1887 in a leased location but quickly outgrew its space. The Ives Memorial Library is the main branch of the system and is located on the New Haven Green. The neo-Georgian building was designed by Cass Gilbert and finished in 1911. This building was renovated and expanded in 1990.[1]

Murals in the main library originated as Public Works Administration projects. Two lunettes in the main hall, designed by Bancel LaFarge of Mt. Carmel, Connecticut, depict scenes from New Haven's history. The Rip Van Winkle murals in the meeting room were painted in 1934 by a team of artists led by Salvatore DiNaio and Frank J. Rutkowski. There is also a set of stained glass windows in the Ives Library designed by David Wilson of South New Berlin, New York including circular and rectangular laylights as well as rectangular and half-round windows.[1]

There are also neighborhood branches in Westville (Mitchell), Fair Haven, Dixwell (Stetson) and The Hill (Wilson). The Wilson branch features an art installation by Leila Daw depicting patterns of immigration.[2]

In April 2012, the library underwent a significant rebranding effort in celebration of its 125th anniversary. In addition to updates in design and significant changes in borrowing policies, the library also adopted a retitled NHFPL125+ classification.[3]


  1. ^ a b New Haven Library History
  2. ^ Percent for Art Program, City of New Haven, retrieved 2010-04-17.
  3. ^ Library Looks Beyond 125, New Haven Independent, retrieved 2013-05-18.

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Coordinates: 41°18′31″N 72°55′33″W / 41.3087°N 72.9257°W / 41.3087; -72.9257