Central Library

Popular Library

The Popular Library is located on the second floor balcony. This area contains some of the most frequently-used resources at Central Library, including our wide collection of periodicals (magazines and newspapers), DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, periodical indexes, and microfilm. There is also a reading room behind the collection.


The Popular Library houses various multimedia formats, including DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks (on CD). VHS videocassettes are shelved in our storage decks and can be requested through library staff.

Periodicals and Indexes

We have a wide assortment of popular magazines and newspapers as well as many scholarly journals. We also carry the New York Times Index and the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature.

Microfilm/Microfiche Readers

We carry a variety of periodical titles on microfilm and microfiche. We specialize in many local Brooklyn newspaper titles.

Additional Materials and Technology

New York City phone books are available for consultation. We also have a scanner and a typewriter for public use.