The Institute Library provides support for the creation and promotion of literature, civil discourse, and the visual arts, for its members and for the new Haven community-at-large.

Connecticut’s oldest independent circulating library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America

Founded in 1826, the Institute Library provides quiet reading areas, a large circulating collection of up-to-date literature, unique programming and rich opportunities to engage with members and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown New Haven.

“mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge” 

{Amateur Hour #17 – Vigilante Superhero Phoenix Jones – March 27, 2015 – Hosted by Jack Hitt and Josh Foer – Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal}