About the Brooklyn Collection

Planning your visit

Feel free to walk in during our open hours to visit our browsing collection, view our exhibits and familiarize yourself with our materials.

Our mission is to provide free access to information on the rich heritage of our community. Most materials are fragile and unique; items do not circulate and many cannot be photocopied or photographed with flash. Scanning equipment is not allowed.

A source of identification, such as a school ID, drivers license or library card, must be provided to access all materials except those in our browsing section. With a Brooklyn Public Library card and PIN number, photocopies of specified materials may be made in our division for a fee.

Many of our materials are available for your use when you arrive, but it is recommended to contact the Brooklyn Collection before you visit. With advance notice, staff can discuss your needs and set materials aside for your use. For access to original photographs, ephemera and manuscript collections, you must call in advance for an appointment during our open hours at 718.230.2762.

For information on class visits and other educational opportunities, please visit our Resources for Students and Teachers page.


Forms and Policies

If you have books, manuscripts, ephemera, or anything else you think might be of interest or if you wish to make a donation, please contact us.


While many images in the Brooklyn Collection are unrestricted, we do not own reproduction rights to all materials. Be aware of the several kinds of rights that might apply: copyright, licensing and trademarks. The end user assumes all responsibility for copyright questions.