Central Library

Central Library

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed from Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day Weekend.

Central Library
Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Library Information

Central Library Turns 75!

Central Library first opened its doors to the public on February 1, 1941, which makes this year its 75th birthday.

Join us for Central Library's 75th birthday celebration on Saturday, September 10 with a day of commemorative events.

With its breathtaking façade, sweeping grand lobby and vast contemporary and historical collections, it has been a Brooklyn icon since its opening. The library was designated a New York City Landmark in 1997 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Central Library is Brooklyn’s home library, and one of New York City’s foremost cultural, civic and educational institutions. In 2015, it received over 1.3 million visits, and items from its collections circulated over 1.7 million times.

View a slideshow of historical Central Library photographs.

Share a memory of Central Library.

View the Central Library 75th Anniversary Coloring Book.

The Business & Career Center Is Now Open

The Business & Career Center is now open on the second floor of the Flatbush wing of Central Library. Please visit the Business & Career Center for books, resources and assistance on a variety of topics, including job search, small business entrepreneurship, and personal finance.

Take A Tour of Central Library

Public tours of Central Library are now offered on weekdays from 9-5. You can now schedule a staff-led tour of the building by e-mailing centraltours@bklynlibrary.org. In the e-mail please indicate the days and times you are available, and to help staff prepare for the tour please give at least three days notice.

Tours last about an hour. Please note that we can only accommodate groups of up to 12, and that the tour involves climbing and descending stairs. Please note if you have any accessibility needs so that we can better accommodate your request.

More Information About Central Library

Federal Depository Library Program LogoBrooklyn Public Library is a selective Federal Depository for government publications.              


Branch Contact Person: Jesse Montero, Central Library Director
Program & Events:
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Meeting Rooms:

Room 214 (capacity 15)
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture (capacity 189)
Elsie Smith Conference Room (capacity 12)
Dweck Conference Room 2 (capacity 12)

Free room reservations for up to 12 people are also available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons.

Contact Central Library Administration at 718-230-2774 for information regarding space rental or adult class visits.

Click here for more information on space rental at Central Library.


Wheelchair Accessible:
Fully accessible
Friends Group:

Central Library is currently in the process of forming a group.

If you would like to join this group, please contact the branch staff or email friends@brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

For more information, visit the BPL Friends Group page