Central Library

Central Library

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 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Library Information

Each year, approximately one million people walk through Central Library's majestic 50-foot high entryway, and countless others access its unique services online. Located at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Grand Army Plaza, Central Library contains over one million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials and serves as the major reference center for BPL's 60-location system.

Opened on February 1, 1941, the building’s notable architecture was created to resemble an open book, with the spine on Grand Army Plaza and the two wings opening like pages onto Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.

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

Branch Contact Person: Central Library Administration - 718-230-2198
2 Subway Line3 Subway LineB Subway LineQ Subway Line

Take the 2 or the 3 to the Eastern Parkway Station. Exit on the side of the Brooklyn Museum. Walk down Eastern Parkway past the Botanical Gardens, the library will be on your left.

Take the 2 or the 3 to Grand Army Plaza Station. Walk up Flatbush Avenue. The Central Library is at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Flatbush.

Take the Q or B to the 7th Avenue Station.  Follow Flatbush Avenue up the hill.  The Central Library at Grand Army Plaza is about 4 blocks away.



The B41 bus stops on Flatbush Ave just outside the library.

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

See details about the public technology at Central Library.

Internet & WiFi: Yes - WiFi info
Building Facts:

Central Library is wheelchair accessible except for the Teen Tech Loft. Accessible vans can legally stop on either Flatbush Avenue or Eastern Parkway, just outside the library. People with disabilities can call the Central Administrative office to arrange for accommodations at 718-230-2198.

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)

Contact Central Library Administration at 718-230-2198 for information regarding space rental or adult class visits.

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

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

Copy Machines: Yes
Change Machines: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Bicycle Rack: Yes
Off Hours Book Drop: Yes
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 friends@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Visit http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/support/friends-groups