Class Visits

Class visits may be scheduled throughout the year to help familiarize your students with the library. Students may also obtain library cards in conjunction with class visits. (Please plan visits at least 4 weeks in advance.) Contact the Children’s Librarian at 203 230-3770 for further information and to schedule a class visit.


Assignment Help

  • Assignment alert forms are available from our public service desks so that teachers may communicate with the library about upcoming assignments for which students may come to the library. This communication allows teachers and library staff to work cooperatively so that students will be able to locate relevant materials with ease when they visit the library. This service may include putting materials aside on a special assignment shelf, distribution of topic-specific bibliographies and staff assistance for students and parents in finding and using reference and other specialized materials.
  • Additionally, teachers may request help with special assignments or other special needs related to their classroom work. Please see the Children’s Librarian when requesting special accommodations.

General Borrowing Guidelines

  • To use the Hamden Public Library, teachers who reside anywhere in Connecticut may present a valid library card from their hometown library.  (Please bring identification for first-time registration if you have not previously used the Hamden Public Library system.)
  • There is no limit on the number of items that may be borrowed from the library, although we do request that you limit the number of items borrowed on a particular topic or theme (i.e. holidays, etc.)
  • All children’s books and adult books circulate for 21 days and may be renewed for an additional 21 days. You may renew books by phone or via our website as well as in person. Other materials, including music CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines, etc.shorter loan periods and additional restrictions. Fines are charged on all materials that are returned late. Replacement costs are charged for lost or damaged items.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to teachers who are Hamden residents.  ILL allows us to obtain materials from other libraries. Inquire about ILL at the Information Desk.



Online Resources


World Wide WebEduCore

Dedicated to providing educators with easy access to high-quality professional development resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). You can also find information on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Find education literature and information about practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making and research in this online digital library.

Explorera Educators Edition

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Collection provides focus on education by providing full text for over 500 high-quality education journals. Offers access to lesson plans, students tools, curriculum standards and links to sites valuable for teachers.

GCF Learn Free

World Wide WebGCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free is a program funded by the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries. It is a website of primarily self-paced and guided tutorials focused on the subjects of Technology, Job Training, Reading and Math. Particularly useful for beginners to Microsoft Office, the internet and technology in general.


World Wide WebIntelligent is an online magazine centered around a lifelong commitment to education, continuous improvement, enabling smarter choices to produce the greatest advantage, utility, and satisfaction.

Niche Academy

Niche AcademyWorld Wide Web

Provides tutorials on using the library’s digital collection and research databases as well as computer skill tutorials. Check out the tutorials available through Niche Academy below and linked throughout our website!

NYT Learning Network

World Wide WebNYT Learning Network

Offers fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on

Open Culture

World Wide WebOpen Culture

Brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.

Professional Development Collection

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Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.

Teacher Refernce Center

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Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 220 peer-reviewed journals.