The Institute Library supports the creation and promotion of literature, civil discourse, and the visual arts, for its members and 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}