New Britain City Journal

New Britain's Weekly Online Newspaper


The Library has exciting news!


Digital magazines have returned. We are excited to offer downloadable magazines which can be downloaded to any Internet capable device anytime, anyplace. This is a collection of 50 magazines including titles such as Newsweek, Bloomberg Business Week, Seventeen, Field and Stream, Lonely Planet, O, House Beautiful, Taste of Home, Glamor, Esquire and many more.

There is no waiting. With simultaneous usage, more than one borrower can check out the same magazine at the same time. In addition to magazines, this collection also has eBooks and audiobooks to download, as well as Kindle eBooks. If you are new to our downloadable collection, and want to see what it offers, there is a link to it on our web page or our library catalog. You can also download their app, Libby. Or let one of the librarians at the Information Desk show you how.

To borrow an item from OverDrive, you will need our library card. If you don’t have a card, you can register for a temporary 30 day card on our web page. This will also allow you access to some of our online databases and the ability to place holds in our catalog for items you would like to checkout but are out. You will need to come into the library within the 30 days to get a permanent card by showing proof of your New Britain address.

The Friends of the Library will be holding their annual text book sale, August 2 – September 6, during library hours. The sale features gently-used textbooks, workbooks, reference works, & classics for a bargain price of $2.00. All proceeds go to support the library.


The Board of Trustees of the NBPL invites you to Literary Libations V, our biennial library fundraiser. The fun event will be held at Memorial Hall at Central Connecticut State University on September 14, 5 – 8 p.m. Once again, we will offer a showcase of local Connecticut authors along with light fare, music by the Hot Cat Jazz Band and a basket raffle. The authors will have books available for purchase. Tickets, $45 each, can be purchased at the library or online at Eventbrite.

Our most exciting news –after an extensive search we have a new Assistant Director! We will be welcoming Lisa Shaia to our staff on July 30. Lisa has been the Children’s Librarian at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield for the past ten years and is ready for a new adventure. Already familiar with our community, she will be bringing her strong commitment to library services and community outreach to our library.