Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
Owner & Operator The Brooklyn Public Library
Business Function Loaning books, periodicals, movies, and CDs
Opened 1896
Hours of Operation Monday through Thursday: 9:00AM - 9:00PM, Friday and Saturday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM, Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

The Brooklyn Public Library is one of the three public library systems serving the five boroughs. In addition to the central branch and the business library, there are 58 neighborhood branches throughout Brooklyn.

Establishment History

The Brooklyn Public Library is the fifth largest public library system in the United States. Like the two other public library systems in New York City, it is an independent nonprofit organization funded by the New York City and State governments, the federal government, and private donors. This history of independent nonprofit operation dates back to 1892, when the BPL system was approved by an act of state legislature.


The BPL's central branch (pictured, located on Grand Army Plaza) is an inexpensive Art Deco-styled building suffering from a checkered past of failed architectural plans and redesigns. Three-stories tall, it contains over one-million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials. It also contains a 189-seat auditorium, and a plaza hosting summertime concerts and free wi-fi access. Despite the redesigns following World War I, the building is often considered among America's greatest Art Deco buildings.

IC Happenings

  • Aurora is a desk clerk part-time at the Bushwick local branch of the BPL.


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