Ryder Library - Local History & Photos

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Welcome to Ryder Branch, August 2000 Staff Photo, August 2000 Patrons, Learning How to Read, August 2000 Patrons with Librarian, August 2000 Interior, Children's Program, August 2000 Interior, Children August 2000 Circulation Area, August 2000 Interior, Young Adult Section, August 2000 Interior View, August 2000 Groundbreaking Ceremony, April 29, 1968 Ryder Branch Opening, Interior, Feb 1970
Branch History

The Ryder Branch opened in April of 1970 in a neighborhood of one and two family houses in Bensonhurst. Built by the City of New York, the library was designed by Arthur Witthoefft and features two open courts with areas for plantings. Within, the library provides adult and children's seating areas running the length of the building. Ryder's combined circulation is one of the highest in the Brooklyn Public Library system. The primary users of the branch are children and parents of school-aged children, while the next-largest group is older adults. The Ryder Branch continues to be a vital resource in its neighborhood, serving the educational and cultural needs of its patrons.

Famous Facts

Brooklyn author Mike Getz lives in the Ryder Community. He has written three books about baseball: New York Mets Trivia, New York Yankees Trivia, and Brooklyn Dodgers and their Rivals.