About Arlington Library

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Branch History

Arlington Library is located on a residential street in East New York, and passersby often stop to admire its striking façade and classical design. A beautifully preserved Carnegie branch, it recently reopened after renovations that included a roof replacement and brighter, energy-efficient lighting.

The original Arlington Library, known as the East Branch, was created in 1899 with the merger of a local circulating library and the East Free Library of the Public Library Association. The branch was located in a rented room on Pennsylvania Avenue with a collection of 750 books. A children's room was added in 1902.

The Library’s present-day building is a graceful two-story classical revival structure built with a $1.6 million gift from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. When it opened in November 7, 1906, it was hailed by the New York World as the largest and finest of its kind. With a unique split-level layout and two fireplaces, the spectacular 7,000-square-foot interior is almost entirely intact and remains one of the best preserved Carnegie libraries in New York City. The natural oak trim is unchanged, as are the paneled columns, inglenook, circulation desk and decorative railing at the mezzanine.

Popular branch programs include Babies & Books, Pre-School Storytime, Explore & Create and adult computer classes. In the coming months, Arlington Library will be home to BPL’s third passport office, joining Central and Kings Highway.

Did you know?

Arlington Library was recently featured in an episode of CBS’s Elementary, a modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. Arlington was chosen for its architectural beauty from dozens of locations that were scouted citywide.