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BPL Homepage Under Construction

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New BPL Homepage & New Research Page

We are in the process of redesigning our Home and Research pages. This is a work in progress and we apologize for any difficulties anyone has had in accessing our databases etc.

Please bear with us as we work out the kinks in our new format. The wait should not be long


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National External Diploma Program

Looking for a different way to earn your high school diploma?

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BPL Mission Statement

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We believe that libraries change people’s lives. They are cornerstones of democracy. The Bridgeport Public Library provides opportunities for residents to learn, enjoy and achieve. To accomplish that mission, the Bridgeport Public Library offers free and open access to a relevant collection, staff knowledge, and modern facilities.

BPL Foreign Language Book Collection Expanding!

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Through the generosity of the “Friends of the BPL” The Bridgeport Public Library is in the process of greatly expanding its foreign language collection. Books will be available in the following languages Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

Stay tuned – the books will be available very soon!

Bloody Sunday

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Selma March. On March 7, 1965 Read more →

BPL Closed President’s Day

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Monday, February 16th
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BPL Closed President’s Day

All locations of the Bridgeport Library will be CLOSED Monday, February 16th in observance of President’s Day.

Free Tax Assistance

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Free Tax Assistance Centers & Forms – Bridgeport, Area – Updated 3/2015

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LightSpeed from Hoopla

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Hoopla digital’s latest app upgrade, LightSpeed – an evolution to empower brighter connectivity for users – is here. Read more →

Santa Gives Out His Loot

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Santa Gives Out His Loot

Christmas 1938 was a tough year for America. The last years of the Depression were difficult ones for the citizens of Bridgeport, and especially the children.  Standing in the Second Precinct (Corner of Arctic and Caroline Streets) Children eagerly waited for a visit from Santa Claus to the city.  Jasper McLevy was on hand to greet Saint Nick, pictured in the front of the photo.  Standing next to the Mayor was Superintendent of Police Charles E. Wheeler.

The party was held by Troop 58, Bridgeport Boy Scouts.  The Second Precinct Police Station held the party.

On the back of the photograph is written a note:  Santa Claus “Osag Kid,” reformed burgular.

Whether this statement is true or not has not been verified in the newspaper of the time.  The Bridgeport Telegram of December 25, 1938, which printed a copy of the photo, only identified him as Santa Claus.

ABCmouse.com Free at All BPL Locations!

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With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.

Use it for free on a Bridgeport Public Library computer!

Driver Permit Tests Available for Free!

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In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Bridgeport Public Library is proud to offer FREE Connecticut Driver Permit practice tests.


These tests, for both automobile and motorcycle, along with the Driver Handbook for each, are available by clicking on the link. You will be taken directly to the test pages.

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Newfield Quilt Unveiling

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Lest We Forget

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D-DAY, June 6th, 1944 Information

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D Day

Join the Big Library Read – A Global Book Club

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Tuesday, June 3rd - Wednesday, June 18th

Big Library Read – A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson

BPL Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the mystery eBook, A Pedigree to Die For, Book 1 of the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson, starting June 3rd and concluding the morning of June 18th (US EST) with no wait lists or holds by clicking here.

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Rest in Peace Maya Angelou

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Maya AngelouMaya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

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