June 27, 2012





Library Increased Service Hours By 21%, Despite Limited Resources, Thanks To Innovations In Service Model


Library’s Workforce1 Expansion Centers Have Helped Hundreds Of Unemployed New Yorkers Find Jobs In Just Six Months 



Brooklyn, NY –Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) was honored this week as a leading innovator in operations, and economic and workforce development, as part of The Urban Libraries Council’s (ULC) 2012 Top Innovators awards. The ten innovation winners were selected from nearly 200 applications, with BPL earning top prizes in two categories. 


Brooklyn Public Library was recognized as this year’s top innovator in Operations for its Open Libraries Initiative. Despite limited resources, BPL was able to expand service hours by 21% over the past year by streamlining library services with operational advances such as online fines payment, centralized collection development, and system-wide statistical analysis. Currently, over half of BPL’s branches are open six days per week and more than two-thirds offer Saturday service.


As the winner in the Economic & Workforce Development category, Brooklyn Public Library was recognized along with New York Public Library and Queens Public Library for the success of their Workforce1 Expansion Centers. In partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, BPL’s Workforce1 Centers connected over 400 job seekers in Brooklyn with hiring employers during thefirst six months of operation, helping meet the borough’s increased need for job placement services.


“As we reimagine our Library system as one that better serves a 21st Century Brooklyn, BPL isthrilled to be recognized for the innovations we are bringing to the borough’s 60 neighborhood branches,” said Brooklyn Public Library President & CEO Linda E. Johnson. “It is only through the dedication and hard work of our incredible staff that we have been able to bring more service hours, more convenience, and more job opportunities to the communities we serve. We thank the Urban Libraries Council for this honor, and will continue to bring additional innovative services to Brooklyn in the future.”


These awards reflect the Library’s recent achievements in increasing the technologies available to communities across Brooklyn. In March, BPL unveiled its new Espresso Book Machine, cutting-edge technology from On Demand Books that offers patrons instant access to over eight million titles, and allows Brooklyn authors to self-publish their work at the Library’s Central Branch. 


About Brooklyn Public Library


Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website:





Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries offer free information, programs and computer access to people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at