New Passport Application Center Opens in Brooklyn Public Library’s Kings Highway Branch

October 31, 2013

New Passport Application Center Opens in Brooklyn Public Library’s Kings Highway Branch

Expansion Allows BPL to Better Serve Brooklyn’s Thriving Immigrant Community

Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library today, providing another convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined Brooklyn Public Library President & CEO Linda E. Johnson for the Center’s opening ceremony.

“With the opening of our new Passport Application Acceptance Facility at Kings Highway Library, it is easier than ever before for South Brooklynites and new immigrants to obtain passports. Since more than 37% of Brooklyn’s residents are foreign born, there is incredible demand for this service. We are proud to provide this important resource to the community and look forward to helping thousands of people begin their travels,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.

The new facility includes:

  • Five agents with room for two seated applicants;
  • A paging system to allow those waiting to browse the Library;
  • Passport pictures;
  • Document copying;
  • Accessibility for people with disabilities.

“As a legislator representing a district with one of the largest concentrations of senior citizens, I want to thank the U.S. Department of State for recognizing the needs of both the elderly and people with disabilities. The choice of a site so central and convenient to the Southern Brooklyn community will save time and stress for the many, who before, had to endure great difficulty to secure this vital document. I thank the Department of State on behalf of my constituency,” said Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein.

BPL was the first public library in the city to offer passport application services when it opened its first facility at Central Library in Prospect Heights in 2011, which was renovated and expanded in June of this year. Since the May 2011 opening, BPL has processed more than 21,000 passport applications and 7,000 photos.

Hours are temporarily set for 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. Saturdays are currently closed until further notice. To make an appointment, call 718-230-2292 or 718-375-3037 ext. 128.

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