A new home at the Q House.


The Willis K. Stetson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library is facing a moment of
tremendous opportunity: a brand-new home at the Q House

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.

Now, we need your help.


Stetson Library: The Next Chapter is a community-wide campaign to raise $2 million to move Stetson Branch Library into the Q House and create a new center of learning and exploration for the people of New Haven. Thanks to city and state investment, funding to construct the facility is already secure, but we need your support to outfit the new Stetson Library with an expanded collection, improved community resources and state-of-the-art technology, modular furnishings and aesthetic appeal.

Your support creates a new home for Stetson Library and builds a lasting legacy for the New Haven Free Public Library system by growing and strengthening our endowment. 


The History

Learn how the 100-year-old Dixwell neighborhood library has evolved and changed alongside its community.

Learn About Dixwell's Library →

The Project

See diagrams and renderings of the New Stetson Library, explore expanded features and learn how the plan fits into the Q House project.

Discover Stetson's Future →

The Campaign

Help Stetson Library move into its new home and support the work of the New Haven Free Public Library for years to come.

Join the Campaign →

We don’t just need a place for books—we need a space for people to learn, to be challenged, to come together. A library is not just a home for books, it’s a home for the community.
— Diane Brown, Stetson Branch Manager

Give Now

Every gift of any amount helps us make the new Stetson Library a reality. Join our campaign with a donation and make a commitment to improve your community.

Read the Case Statement →

Recognition & Naming Opportunities →

Community participation is critical to our success. Seedlings Foundation has extended a $250,000 challenge grant to match, dollar for dollar, eligible gifts from across the New Haven Community.

Learn More →

Whenever I feel blue or lonely, I go to the library....no matter where I might be. The library is a warm, welcoming, comfortable, safe and friendly place. Almost like a church: a collective comfort zone. I like supporting the library.
— an inspired library user