Bedford Library

Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun closed
Bedford Library
496 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Zipcars are available at this branch.

Library Information

Brooklyn Public Library’s first branch opened on December 20, 1897, in the old P. S. 3 on Bedford Avenue. It moved several times in the succeeding years before finally settling into a new location funded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905. Bedford Library, BPL’s founding branch, has served patrons from its beautiful building on Franklin Avenue ever since.

Branch Contact Person: Alicia Pritchard
Program & Events:
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Wheelchair Accessible:
Fully accessible

A wheelchair logo in the front of the building directs patrons to take a path around the side of the building to a door at the rear of the building.  Patrons must ring a bell to gain access to the elevator inside the building.

Friends Group:

Currently in the process of forming a group

If you would like to join this group, please contact the branch staff or email

For more Friends information visit the Friends page.