Library Cards

East Haven residents may obtain a free library card with proof of residence. A parent or guardian must sign a child’s (under age 18) application. Cards are valid for 3 years; replacement fee of $2.00 if card is lost.  Please report lost cards immediately, as you will be responsible for any materials charged on your card.

Borrower Registration Policy  Library Card Application


Borrowing Privileges

Connecticut residents with a valid card from their hometown library may borrow materials from the Hagaman Memorial Library or any public library in the state. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older, or have permission from a parent or guardian to use public internet computers. Most books and audiobooks are loaned for a period of 28 days. New bestsellers may be loaned for 14 days. Magazines, videos and dvds are loaned for 7 days. Most items may be renewed one time, either in person, online or by calling us at 203.468.3890 if no other patrons are waiting.  Borrowing and Overdue Materials Policy Revised September 2015

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Looking for something we don’t own? Most times, we will consider purchasing an item.  If we are unable to purchase an item for our collection, we may borrow the material from another Connecticut library.  You may request items in person, by phone at 203/468-3890, or through Connecticut’s statewide library catalog, reQuest. Not a resident of East Haven? You may request ILL through your hometown library.


A generous gift by Adam and Betsy Reed provides the library with the piano once owned by Bernice Norton. The piano is available for library and community events.

Test Proctoring

Library staff will proctor written tests only (this is also dependent upon staff availability).


Library Elf

This service can help you keep track of items checked out, overdue notices, and holds on multiple cards, from multiple libraries.

The Hagaman Memorial Library has a variety of discount and free admission passes for museums and other places of interest.


Computers with MS Office 2007 software and internet connections are available.


Free wireless access is available throughout the building during operating hours.  The library also has netbooks available for loan within the library.

Printouts & Photocopies

Black & white printouts and copies are available for .15 each.  Color printouts and copies are available for .50 each.

Meeting Rooms

Available to organizations engaged in educational, cultural or civic activities. Use of the meeting room is free for non-profit groups; $25 for-profit. To reserve the room, please review our Meeting Room Use Policy and then download and complete our Meeting Room Use Agreement form and return it to the library.



The Hagaman Library subscribes to the following newspapers:

  • Hartford Courant (current month)

  • New Haven Register (current month on shelf; past 12 months in storage)

  • New York Times (current month)

  • Wall Street Journal (current month)

We also keep back issues of these newspapers:

  • East Haven Citizen (February 26-December 1937; January-March 1938)

  • Branford Review (January 13, 1939-March 15, 1944)

  • East Haven Topics and Shopping Guide (January-December 1952; no October)

  • Stars & Stripes Mediterranean (July 1-July 29, 1944; August 5, 1944)

  • East Haven Advertiser (1993-2008)

  • East Haven Courier (March, 2002-present)

You may also access current and back issues of many more newspapers at researchitct.org. Link to individual resources, and look for the link to newspapers and other databases on the left.



Local artists and collectors are welcome to display their work in the glass display cases in the lower rotunda and/or hallway by the meeting room. Please contact Fawn Gillespie at (203) 468-3890 or by email at fgillespie@hagamanlibrary.org for more information. You can also fill out the Artist Application for Exhibit and drop it off at the library or fax it to Attention: Fawn Gillespie at 203-468-3892.


Artist Application for Exhibit Revised 2018

Online Resources

Available inside the library and online 24/7.  More than just websites, these links connect you to online versions of newspaper, magazine, journal and book articles (for free!)

Homebound Delivery Service for East Haven Residents: 

Hagaman Memorial Library’s Homebound Delivery Service serves East Haven residents who are unable to visit the library in person due to a permanent or temporary mobility or vision impairment. Contact: Community Services Librarian Cynthia Gwiazda at 203-468-3891 or Elaine at 203-468-3890. Volunteer clients from Sarah Inc. Employment Services of North Haven deliver library materials to Homebound residents of East Haven every Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Librarians can also provide information and application materials for the Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Program, which lends books and magazines in Braille or recorded formats, along with the necessary playback equipment, for free to Connecticut residents. The Hagaman Memorial Library currently has 5 openings for East Haven residents who would like to join our Homebound Delivery Service.