Thanks to the generosity of donors, neighborhood organizations, local churches, school groups, and community members, the dream of a new Stetson Branch Library is becoming a reality! This community-wide campaign raised over $2M to move the Stetson Branch into a new home at the Q House with an expanded collection, improved community services, new furnishings, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

With construction almost complete, we are eager to open the new
library in 2021. The new Stetson Branch will include the resources
needed to meet the demands of 21st century learning and promote
multiple literacies: reading, digital, financial and cultural. The library
will contain new and upgraded technology, equipment for DIY maker projects, an expanded collection of books and materials, and spaces
to work, play, explore and collaborate. Stetson will build on its
reputation as a community hub for the Dixwell and Newhallville
neighborhoods and a center of discovery and exploration for residents from all across New Haven.

With a 60% increase in space, investments in cutting-edge technology, and new resources for everyone—children, families, teens and adults—the new Stetson Library will be better-equipped to meet the evolving needs of the New Haven community and serve as a new center to learn, collaborate, and celebrate our heritage.

Thank you to the many donors that made this possible!


Campaign Leadership at the Library’s 2017 Mardi Gras fundrasier. 

(From L to R): Martha Brogan, Former City Librarian and Director; Althea Norcott, Retired Educator & Community Leader; Elsie B. Chapman, Past President of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation Board of Directors; Michael Morand, President of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Peter Salovey, President of Yale University; Hon. Toni Harp, Former Mayor of New Haven. 


Honorable Toni Harp
Former Mayor, City of New Haven

Dr. Peter Salovey
President, Yale University


Elsie B. Chapman
Past President, Board of Directors
New Haven Free Public Library Foundation

Michael Morand
President, Board of Directors
New Haven Free Public Library

Althea Musgrove Norcott
Retired Educator & Community Leader


Reverend Brian Bellamy
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Dr. Belinda Carberry
Varick Church

Katurah Bryant
MPACT / Connecticut Healing Center

Burt Saxton
Southern Connecticut State University

Howard K. Hill
Howard K. Hill Funeral Services

Judith Schiff
Yale University Library

Diane Young Turner
Retired, Yale University