Rugby Library - Local History & Photos

Welcome to Rugby Branch, October 2000 Security Guard with Children, October 2000 Interior, Child, October 2000 Interior, Children, October 2000 Reading Area, Teen, October 2000 Child at Computer, October 2000 Exterior of Original Branch, c.1950s Exterior of Branch, Feb 1966 Interior of Branch, c.1960s Skin Diving Program, 1971
Branch History

Located two blocks from the childhood home of Jackie Robinson and within walking distance of the world’s first solar-powered home, Rugby Library is a beloved civic institution in East Flatbush. When Rugby opened in 1957, its interior was perhaps the most colorful of any library in New York, with modern furniture in bright reds, yellows and blues. The branch still catches the eye of visitors, including those who attend Story Time and Ready Math, two of its most popular programs.

Rugby is a lending location for the Library Hotspot program, through which patrons who do not have home internet access are able to borrow a mobile WiFi device for up to one year. The library also hosts a pair of Zipcars, and the proceeds from their usage support branch programs and the purchase of supplies.

Did you know?

Rugby Library is home to the beautiful Rochelle Tenner Reading Garden, named for one of the library’s most passionate and effective advocates.