Clarendon Library - Local History & Photos

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Welcome to Clarendon Branch, June 2000 Patrons, June 2000 Teens Reading, June 2000 Technology Available to Public, June 2000 Technology Available to Public, June 2000 Children Reading, June 2000 Meet the Clarendon Staff, June 2000 Clarendon Library Clarendon, c.1960s Interior View, June 1966 Clarendon, 1996 Clarendon Blue Print of Renovation
Branch History

The Clarendon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library was established in 1913 as an unstaffed deposit station in Markland's Drug Store on Clarendon Road at Nostrand Avenue. It moved several times and later became a sub-branch with limited staffing. In 1943, it moved to another Nostrand Avenue site, and then in 1947 to its present location, an existing storefront. In 1954 it assumed full branch status.

In February 1988, Clarendon Branch closed temporarily for the construction of a new building. The new branch, designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, features a skylit reading room, an outdoor recreational courtyard, and distinctive window guards and gates. The building, which won the Art Commission Award for Excellence, opened to the public in 1990. Home to an active Friend's group, the branch continues to provide service to the community, through its information resources and innovative programming.

Famous Facts

Branch originated as Deposit Station in Markand's drugstore on Clarendon Road at Nostrand Avenue (1913).