Stone Avenue Library

Mon closed
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun closed
Stone Avenue Library
581 Mother Gaston Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11212

Library Information

Stone Avenue opened in 1914 as the Brownsville Children's Library, the world's first public library devoted to children. In the Arts and Crafts style, whimsical details include the Rookwood storybook fireplace tiles and rabbit-head finials on carved wooden benches. In his classic memoir, Walker in the City, literary critic Alfred Kazin recalls the library "where I read my way year after year from every story of King Alfred the Great to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." The Brownsville Heritage House founded by Mother Rosetta Gaston is located on the second floor of the building.

Branch Contact Person: Joycelyn Maynard
3 Subway LineL Subway Line

3 to Rockaway Ave. station.
North on Rockaway Ave. to Dumont Ave.
Right on Dumont Ave.

3 to Junius St. station (middle cars are close to stairs), one block West to Mother Gaston Blvd.
Turn right (north) on to Mother Gaston Blvd.
The library is located at the corner of Dumont Ave. and Mother Gaston Blvd.

L to Sutter St. station.
Exit near intersection of Sutter Ave. and Snediker Ave. Start out going West on Sutter Ave. towards Van Sinderen Ave.
Turn left onto Mother Gaston Blvd.

L to Livonia St. station.
Exit near intersection of Livonia Ave. and Snediker Ave.
Start out going North on Snediker Ave. towards Dumont Ave. Turn left onto Blake Ave.
Turn left onto Mother Gaston Blvd.  


B14 to Dumont Ave.

B60 to Rockaway Ave. at Dumont Ave., one block East to library.  


Eastern Pkwy., South on Rockaway Ave., left on Dumont Ave.

Atlantic Ave., South on Rockaway Ave., left on Dumont Ave.

Linden Blvd. to Mother Gaston Blvd.  

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Wheelchair Accessible:
Fully accessible
Program & Events:
View all events at Stone Avenue Library
Technology Available:

General public area - 16 desktop computers, 10 laptops

For more information about laptops for use in the library, visit our laptop loan page.

Internet & WiFi: Yes - WiFi info
Building Facts:

2 Floors and a Mezzanine

Multilingual Materials: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish
Meeting Rooms:

One meeting room on the second floor, seats 60

Copy Machines: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Friends Group:


If you would like to start a Friends Group here, please contact the branch staff or email

For more Friends information visit the Friends page.