The Beekley Library is a vital center of New Hartford, hosting events and providing resources for the community.
Monday: 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 8pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day: 9am-12pm
Thanksgiving Eve: 10am-1pm
Friday after Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10am-1pm
10 Central Ave., P.O. Box 247
New Hartford, CT 06057
See directions below.
The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library was founded in 1906 as the New Hartford Free Library and moved into its location in an old brick building in the center of the downtown district in the 1920's. In the 1800's, the building formerly housed a tavern along the Old Albany Turnpike, the main route between Hartford and Albany. The Library grew to occupy 2,000 square feet of space over the years, along with the New Hartford Historical Society. However, the antiquated nature of the building rendered it inaccessible, crowded, inefficient and inadequate in size for the growing community. In 1992, spurred by the donation of a parcel of land at the corner of Central Avenue and Town Hill Road, the New Hartford Memorial Library undertook a capital campaign to construct a new building. Over a period of 3 years, the Steering Committee of the Capital Campaign (chaired by David Sessions and Mason Beekley) raised in excess of $3.3 million. Construction commenced in September, 1995, on the downtown site. On October 20, 1996, the Grand Opening of the new 9,200 square foot Library was held.
The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library is located in the Town of New Hartford, Connecticut. We are in Litchfield County, approximately 20 miles northwest of Hartford, with a population of over 6,700. The town has a rich and diverse history and boasts a number of recreational attractions. .
The Beekley Library is home to Nights at the Beekley - a concert series featuring some of the finest singer-songwriters.
We appreciate the support of our community.
This Library continues to be a vital center for our community, but we are not without our challenges. We are grateful for our wealth of supporters and to those who donate each year to our Annual Fund. This help and support shapes the future for our library.
The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library is located in downtown New Hartford, Connecticut. The facility has on-site parking for patrons.
Travel west on Route 44, through West Hartford, Avon, and Canton to New Hartford. At the intersection with Route 219, turn left. The library is one block up Central Avenue on your right.
Travel east on Route 44 to the first traffic light in New Hartford. Turn right onto Central Avenue, the Library is on the left.
Travel on Route 202 east to Town Hill Road (Route 219). Turn left onto Route 219 and travel north until approaching the town center of New Hartford. Turn left onto Central Avenue at the site of the new Library.
From Bradley International Airport and Granby
Take Route 20 West to Route 219 South. Follow Route 219 to the center of New Hartford. Proceed across Route 44 to the intersection with Central Avenue. Turn right at the Library.
From Interstate 84
Take the exit marked Farmington Route 4 and proceed west on Route 4. Follow through Unionville and Collinsville to the intersection with Route 44. Turn left onto Route 44 proceeding west. At the intersection with Route 219, turn left. The library is one block up Central Avenue on your right.