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Archbishop O'Brien Library

Mission Statement
The Library serves as a resource center for all members of the Archdiocese of Hartford and to the general public. We strive to provide an accessible collection of materials and resource-sharing that will foster the theological and spiritual teachings of the Catholic Church and promote Christian traditions and relationships.

Archbishop O'Brien

Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien

Brief History
St. Thomas Seminary, founded by Bishop Michael Tierney, opened on Collins Street in Hartford, Connecticut in 1897. Due to space issues of a growing seminary, the construction of a new building was authorized and erected in 1928 in Bloomfield. The doors opened on September 29, 1930 with a newly established library which later became known as The Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Memorial Library, after the Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien, the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford and a former student, faculty member and President Rector of the Seminary.

Library Services

Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Summer Hours June thru August: Monday thru Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Membership Requirements and Services: See and print our latest brochure

Library Online Catalogs

Access the Archbishop O’Brien Library Collection: Click here
To set up your own library account click here (For current library members only)



Periodical Collections
Rare Book & Archival Collections

Library Events

Museum Passes

Word & Spirit…The Newsletter of the Archbishop O'Brien Library:

Spring/Summer 2018
Fall/Winter 2017
Spring/Summer 2017
Spring/Summer 2016 (pdf)
Midwinter 2016 (pdf)
Autumn/Winter 2015 (pdf)
Spring/Summer 2015 (pdf)
Midwinter 2015 (pdf)
Autumn/Winter 2014 (pdf)
Summer 2014 (pdf)
Spring 2014 (pdf)

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Library: 860-242-5573, ext. 2608/2623/2609
Karen Lesiak, Library Director, karen.lesiak@aohct.org
Rody Bazzano, Assistant Librarian, rody.bazzano@aohct.org
Rebecca Empoliti, Archival Librarian, rebecca.empoliti@aohct.org



Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary • Archdiocese of Hartford
467 Bloomfield Ave. Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002
Phone:  860-242-5573 • Fax: 860-242-4886