List of Brooklyn Public Library branches

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The Brooklyn Public Library consists of a Central Library, a Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries. Eighteen libraries are historic Carnegie Buildings.[1] The Brooklyn Public Library also has five adult learning centers.

The Brooklyn Public Library is one of three separate and independent public library systems in New York City. The other two are the New York Public Library(serving The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), and the Queens Library (serving Queens).

Libraries in Brooklyn[edit]

Library Image Location Historical notes
1 Arlington Library 203 Arlington Ave The Arlington library was originally known as the East Branch and officially opened on November 7, 1906. The Building has been renovated twice, in 1950-52 and in 1980.
2 Bay Ridge Library 7223 Ridge Blvd. at 73rd St. Built on its present site in 1896, the Bay Ridge Free Library, first organized in 1880 by the Bay Ridge Reading Club, became a BPL branch in 1901. The spacious, two-story structure open today was completed in 1960. In 2004 it underwent a $2.1 million renovation.[2]
3 Bedford Library
Bedford Library in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY
496 Franklin Avenue This Library plan was recognized as an excellent example of library planning and design in the March 1903 issue of Library Journal. It was built using Carnegie funds. In 2000, an interior renovation and exterior restoration by Sen Architects was completed.[3]
4 Borough Park Library 1265 43rd St. at 13th Ave.
5 Brighton Beach Library 16 Brighton First Rd. at Brighton Beach Ave.
6 Brooklyn Heights Library
Exterior facade of Brooklyn Heights Library
280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary St.
7 Brower Park Library 725 St. Marks Ave. at Nostrand Ave.
8 Brownsville Library 61 Glenmore Ave. at Watkins St.
9 Bushwick Library Bushwick BPL jeh.JPG 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel St.
10 Business & Career Library
Business & Career Library at Brooklyn Heights Library
280 Cadman Plaza W. at Tillary St. The Business & Career Library is located at 280 Cadman Plaza West in downtown Brooklyn. Its history precedes that of the BPL itself. In 1852, prominent citizens established the Brooklyn Athenaeum and Reading Room for the instruction of young men. In 1857, a group of young men established the Brooklyn Mercantile Library Association of the City of Brooklyn, which shared a building with the Athenaeum. The Mercantile Library attempted to be more practical, placing less emphasis on literature and philosophy. The librarian in charge was Stephen Buttrick Noyes. In 1866, he went to work at the Library of Congress.[4]

In 1869, the Mercantile Library and the Athenaeum consolidated their holdings and moved to a new building, the Montague Street Branch Library. Also in 1869, Noyes returned, and one of his labors on his return was the preparation of a catalog, which was issued in 1881.[4] In 1878, the Mercantile Library was renamed the Brooklyn Library. By 1943, the Business Reference Department was known as the Business Library. The library outgrew its space, and in 1957, a new building to house both the Business Library and the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood branch was approved by city government. On June 1, 1962, the new $2.5 million library building opened its doors to the public at its current location. In 1993, a two-year renovation and expansion was completed.

11 Canarsie Library 1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Ave. J
12 Carroll Gardens Library
Carroll Gardens Library in Brooklyn, NY
396 Clinton St. at Union St.
13 Central Library, Brooklyn Collection, Central Learning Center Brooklyn Public Library.jpg 203 Arlington Ave
14 Clarendon Library 2035 Nostrand Ave.
15 Clinton Hill Library
Clinton Hill Public Library in Brooklyn, NY
380 Washington Ave. at Lafayette Ave.
16 Coney Island Library
Exterior of the Brooklyn Public Library in Coney Island
1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.)
17 Cortelyou Library 1305 Cortelyou Rd. at Argyle Rd.
18 Crown Heights Library 560 New York Ave. at Maple St.
19 Cypress Hills Library 1197 Sutter Ave. at Crystal St.
20 DeKalb Library 790 Bushwick Ave. at DeKalb Ave. Built in the classical revival style with Carnegie funds. The library was rehabilitated in 1950.[3]
21 Dyker Library 8202 13th Ave. at 82nd St.
22 East Flatbush Library 9612 Church Ave. at. Rockaway Pkwy.
23 Eastern Parkway Library 1044 Eastern Pkwy. at Schenectady Ave. This medium-sized library, built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, was designed with a classical limestone facade with large arched windows and entrance portal.[3]
24 Flatbush Library 22 Linden Blvd. at Flatbush Ave.
25 Flatlands Library 2065 Flatbush Ave. at Ave. P
26 Fort Hamilton Library 9424 Fourth Ave. Fort Hamilton was among the first communities to benefit from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie's $1.6 million gift to build branch libraries in Brooklyn.[3]
27 Gerritsen Beach Library 2808 Gerritsen Ave. (Bartlett Place)
28 Gravesend Library 303 Ave. X at West. 2nd St.
29 Greenpoint Library BPL Greenpoint jeh.JPG 107 Norman Ave. at Leonard St.
30 Highlawn Library 1664 W. 13th St. at Kings Highway
31 Homecrest Library 2525 Coney Island Ave. at Ave. V
32 Jamaica Bay Library 9727 Seaview Ave. at E. 98th St.
33 Kensington Library
Kensington Library in Brooklyn, NY
4207 18th Avenue Completed in 2012, was the first new library built in over 20 years. Designed by Sen Architects, the project was heralded by the Art Commission of the City of New York for its successful integration of green design with other human, urban and architectural aspects.[3]
34 Kings Bay Library 3650 Nostrand Ave. (near Ave. W)
35 Kings Highway Library 2115 Ocean Ave. (nr. Kings Highway) Kings Highway Library, designed by architects Knapp and Johnson and constructed by the Department of Public Works in 1954, was the first branch library to be erected in Brooklyn by the City of New York.[3]
36 Leonard Library Leonard Devoe BPL jeh.jpg 81 Devoe St. at Leonard St. Opened in 1908; designed by William Tubby
37 Macon Library
Macon Library in Brooklyn, NY
361 Lewis Ave. at Macon St. The Macon Library was the 11th Carnegie Brooklyn library.
38 Mapleton Library 1702 60th Street
39 Marcy Library 617 DeKalb Ave. at Nostrand Ave. Formally known as the Tompkins Park Free Library, this branch opened in the center of Tompkins Park on June 6, 1899.[3]
40 McKinley Park Library 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy (at 68th St.)
41 Midwood Library 975 East 16th St. at Avenue J
42 Mill Basin Library 2385 Ralph Ave (near Ave N)
43 New Lots Library 665 New Lots Ave. at Barbey St.
44 New Utrecht Library 1743 86th St. at Bay 17th St.
45 Pacific Library Pacific BPL with bus jeh.jpg 25 Fourth Ave. at Pacific St. The Pacific Branch was the first Carnegie Branch to open to the public in Brooklyn, on October 8, 1904. Designed by Raymond F. Almirall and built by the Church Construction Company, the New York Tribune praised the new branch for its classical and dignified design.[3]
46 Paerdegat Library 850 E. 59th St. at Paerdegat Ave. South
47 Park Slope Library BPL Prospect Branch jeh.JPG 431 6th Ave. at 9th St. This library began life as a small collection of books on natural history in the Litchfield Mansion in Prospect Park. In 1906, the building, designed by Raymond Almirall was finished, using Carnegie funds.[3]
48 Red Hook Library BPL Red Hook eve jeh.jpg 7 Wolcott St. at Dwight St.
49 Rugby Library 1000 Utica Ave. (Near Tilden Ave.)
50 Ryder Library 5902 23rd Ave. (bet. 23rd Ave. at 59th St.)
51 Saratoga Library 8 Thomas S. Boyland St.
52 Sheepshead Bay Library 2636 E.14th St. at Ave. Z
53 Spring Creek Library 12143 Flatlands Ave. at New Jersey Ave.
54 Stone Avenue Library 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard
55 Sunset Park Library 5108 4th Ave. at 51st St.
56 Ulmer Park Library 2602 Bath Ave at 26th Ave
57 Walt Whitman Library St Edwards BPL jeh.jpg 93 Saint Edwards St. (between Myrtle and Park Avenues)
58 Washington Irving Library 360 Irving Ave. (at Woodbine St.)
59 Williamsburgh Library 240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave. The original building was designed by Richard A. Walker in classical revival style.[3]
60 Windsor Terrace Library. Windsor Terrace BPL jeh.jpg 160 E. 5th St. at Ft. Hamilton Pkwy.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Vollmer Associates, and Mary B. Dierickx. 1982. A historic summary of Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway from the plaza to Washington Avenue, Borough of Brooklyn. New York: New York City Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Highways.