Gravesend Library - Local History & Photos

Welcome to Gravesend Branch, c.1990s Exterior View, 1966 Interior View, August 13, 1962 Interior, Patrons, c.1960s
Branch History

Gravesend was one of the six original towns of Brooklyn. It was established in 1645 by Lady Deborah Moody and her followers as a haven from religious persecution. The town was named for the English seaport of Gravesend Gravesham, Kent. Gravesend is Anglo-Saxon for “at the end of the grove.” The neighborhood is a short bus or train ride from the beach at Coney Island. It boasts several small parks with amenities like handball courts and paved baseball diamonds; McDonald Park, on McDonald Avenue near Avenue T, has three tennis courts. 

Gravesend Library offers very popular Toddler Time programming on Wednesdays. The library also hosts a monthly book discussion club for adults and a Talking Circle program for seniors. Gravesend serves its diverse community with large collections of Russian, Chinese and other multilingual materials.

Did you know?

Playwright Arthur Miller grew up Gravesend.