List of Brooklyn Public Library branches

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).


Library Image Address Historical Note
1 Arlington Library
203 Arlington Avenue Originally known as the East Branch and officially opened on November 7, 1906; renovated from 1950–52 and in 1980.
2 Bay Ridge Library
7223 Ridge Boulevard First organized in 1880 by the Bay Ridge Reading Club, built on its present site in 1896, and became a branch library 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
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 Street
5 Brighton Beach Library 16 Brighton First Road
6 Brooklyn Heights Library
280 Cadman Plaza West
7 Brower Park Library 725 St. Marks Avenue
8 Brownsville Library 61 Glenmore Avenue
9 Bushwick Library 340 Bushwick Avenue
10 Business & Career Library
280 Cadman Plaza West Established 1857; current building 1962
11 Canarsie Library 1580 Rockaway Parkway
12 Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton Street
13 Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza
14 Clarendon Library 2035 Nostrand Avenue
15 Clinton Hill Library
380 Washington Avenue
16 Coney Island Library
1901 Mermaid Avenue
17 Cortelyou Library 1305 Cortelyou Road
18 Crown Heights Library 560 New York Avenue
19 Cypress Hills Library 1197 Sutter Avenue
20 DeKalb Library 790 Bushwick Avenue Built in the classical revival style with Carnegie funds. The library was rehabilitated in 1950.[3]
21 Dyker Library 8202 13th Avenue
22 East Flatbush Library 9612 Church Avenue
23 Eastern Parkway Library 1044 Eastern Parkway 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 Boulevard
25 Flatlands Library 2065 Flatbush Avenue
26 Fort Hamilton Library 9424 Fourth Avenue 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 Avenue X
29 Greenpoint Library 107 Norman Avenue
30 Highlawn Library 1664 W. 13th St. at Kings Highway
31 Homecrest Library 2525 Coney Island Avenue
32 Jamaica Bay Library 9727 Seaview Avenue
33 Kensington Library
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 Avenue
35 Kings Highway Library 2115 Ocean Avenue 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 81 Devoe Street Opened in 1908; designed by William Tubby
37 Macon Library 361 Lewis Avenue The Macon Library was the 11th Carnegie Brooklyn library.
38 Mapleton Library 1702 60th Street
39 Marcy Library 617 DeKalb Avenue 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 Parkway
41 Midwood Library 975 East 16th Street
42 Mill Basin Library 2385 Ralph Avenue
43 New Lots Library 665 New Lots Avenue
44 New Utrecht Library 1743 86th Street
45 Pacific Library 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 Street
47 Park Slope Library 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 7 Wolcott Street
49 Rugby Library 1000 Utica Avenue
50 Ryder Library 5902 23rd Ave. (bet. 23rd Ave. at 59th St.)
51 Saratoga Library 8 Thomas S. Boyland Street
52 Sheepshead Bay Library 2636 East 14th Street
53 Spring Creek Library 12143 Flatlands Avenue
54 Stone Avenue Library 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard
55 Sunset Park Library 5108 4th Avenue
56 Ulmer Park Library 2602 Bath Avenue
57 Walt Whitman Library 93 Saint Edwards Street
58 Washington Irving Library 360 Irving Avenue
59 Williamsburgh Library 240 Division Avenue The original building was designed by Richard A. Walker in classical revival style.[3]
60 Windsor Terrace Library 160 East 5th Street

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