Only at BPL

Adult Literacy Services

Volunteer tutors help adults learn to read, write, and use computer technology at our five Learning Centers located in neighborhood libraries and the Central Library.
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Bibliobús

The Bibliobús is a traveling Spanish-language collection for all ages (books and media) that will bring the library to Spanish-speaking communities in Brooklyn.
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Book a Librarian

The Book a Librarian service allows you to reserve a free half hour session with a professional reference librarian at the Central Library or Business Library.
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Bookmobile

29-feet long and 9-½ feet high, the Bookmobile has enough space to house up to 6,000 books.
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Business & Career Library

Since 1943, the Business Library has been supporting the needs of businesses and individuals by providing free access to business and investment resources.
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Business English Classes

Learn English for business and the workplace.  The Library offers advanced English classes once per week in three library locations.
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Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center

Preserve and present the histories and cultures of the peoples of the Caribbean.
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The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

At Brooklyn Public Library, there’s a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. We provide unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12.
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English Classes

For new Americans and others whose first language is not English, the Library provides free ESOL materials, classes, and conversation groups.
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Explore a Topic

Explore a variety of subjects in these information resources created by our own librarians.
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Get Your ID

Having an ID is one of the keys to success. Learn how to apply for a birth certificate, Social Security card and non-driver State ID.
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Immigrant Services

Visit your library for programs and services for immigrants in multiple languages.
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Jail and Prison Libraries

BPL offers jail based library services for individuals in NYC Department of Corrections facilities and relevant programs for and services for people when they come home.
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Kidsmobile

Brooklyn Public Library's colorful Kidsmobile, a children's library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events.
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Languages and Literature

The Languages and Literature Division has a staff of bilingual librarians and volunteer guides to help patrons find information in books and language learning programs in a variety of languages.
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Learning at BPL

The Library offers a range of classes, special programs, online videos, and other training materials to help you learn throughout life.
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Passport Service

Customers can now apply for a U.S. passport or passport card at Central Library, an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility.
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Pre-HSE Preparation

Pre-HSE preparation courses are offered at several BPL branches.
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Pre-HSE Young Adult Preparation

Pre-HSE classes are offered for Young Adults (17 to 24 years old).
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Resume and Career Help

Get one-on-one resume help, education and career advice, interviewing prep, and more with help from a librarian or volunteer resume coach.
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Services for Older Adults

We offer many special programs and events especially tailored for the 50+ audience.
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Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons

Located on the first floor of Central Library, this new center consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with technology and resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity.
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Summer Meals

New York City’s annual Summer Meals Program, run by the New York City Department of Education and funded by the federal government, provides free meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger regardless of New York City residency.
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Tablet Lending Program

Patrons can borrow tablets from several Brooklyn Public Library locations including Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay.
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The Uni

The Uni Project is dedicated to expanding a culture of learning beyond the walls of schools and libraries and into public space, by creating portable educational environments called Unis that can be dropped into almost any available street-level location.
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Veterans Oral History Project

American combat veterans are invited to tell their stories and have them permanently archived in the Brooklyn Collection and at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
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