Clinton Hill Library - Local History & Photos

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Welcome to Clinton Hill Branch, May 2000 Partial Staff Photo, May 2000 Technology Available to Public, May 2000 Patrons Researching Information, May 2000 Exterior View of Branch, c. 1970 Ribbon Cutting, Branch Opening, Nov 1974 Staff Photo, c. 1970s
Branch History

Clinton Hill Branch opened in October of 1974 in what was then, and remains today, a lively, economically and racially mixed community of concerned citizens and active parents. Neighborhood contacts have been vital. For example, the Society for Clinton Hill advocated for the purchase and construction of the branch. The large beech tree in front of the branch was incorporated into the building plans and has been maintained by the library in accordance with the wishes of the Society. It also held monthly meetings in the branch in 1975 and for many years thereafter. In 2012, the branch revived its formerly extremely active Friends group. The Friends of Clinton Hill have held two successful book sales that raised funds for children’s cultural programs and furniture for the branch. The Friends look forward to future fundraising and advocacy efforts.

From the beginning, African-Americans have been a substantial part of Clinton Hill's public. From nearby Pratt Institute, Library Science students and art students regularly use the branch. The DVD collection has been a growing and thriving resource for patrons and an important part of the circulation since 1987. Clinton Hill Branch has realized many of Brooklyn Public Library's million possibilities during these past 40 years, and will build on these accomplishments in the future.

Famous Facts


Celebrities Living in Clinton Hill:

Mos Def




Rosie Perez


Spike Lee

Director/Actor; He grew up in Fort Greene and once owned a clothing store on DeKalb Ave. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, has its headquarters in Fort Greene.

Ted and Betty Lewin


Noted and prolific illustrators of children's books and graduates of Pratt Institute.


The Pratt Cats

The famous felines who live on the Pratt Institute campus.