Brownsville Library

Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat closed
Sun closed
Brownsville Library
61 Glenmore Ave. at Watkins St.
Brooklyn, NY 11212

Library Information

With a collection of 7,000 books donated by the Hebrew Educational Society, the branch opened in 1905. In 1908, it moved to its present two-story brick and limestone Carnegie building. Its high usage spurred the 1914 construction of Brownsville Children's Library on nearby Stone Avenue, the first library in the world devoted exclusively to children. Later, it became the Stone Avenue Branch. Brownsville Branch was renovated in 1963 and 1989.


Branch Contact Person: Paul Levy
3 Subway LineJ Subway LineL Subway Line
3 Train to Rockaway Ave. / transfer to B60 to Rockaway Avenue & Pitkin Avenue 
J Train to Alabama / transfer to B12 to East New York Avenue & Mother Gaston Blvd.
L Train to Atlantic Ave. walk west on East New York Ave. to Mother Gaston Blvd. (Stone Ave.), south along Mother Gaston Blvd. to Glenmore Ave. library is next to Howard Park. 

B12 to East New York Ave. & Mother Gaston Blvd.
B14 to Pitkin Avenue & Watkins Street
B60 to Rockaway Parkway & Pitkin Avenue 


Atlantic Ave., South on Eastern Pkwy., left on East New York Ave., right on Mother Gaston Blvd., right on Glenmore Ave.


LIRR East New York stop on the Flatbush Ave. to Jamaica Line.

Get directions from Google or HopStop.
Wheelchair Accessible:
Fully accessible
Program & Events:
View all events at Brownsville Library
Technology Available:

Public computers - 10 desktops, 10 laptops, WiFi available.

For more information about laptops for use in the library, visit our laptop loan page.

Internet & WiFi: Yes - WiFi info
Building Facts:

2 Floors
Constructed 1905
Renovated 1989

Multilingual Materials: Spanish
Meeting Rooms:

A meeting room capacity of 40.

Copy Machines: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Friends Group:


If you would like to start a Friends Group here, please contact the branch staff or email

For more Friends information visit the Friends page.