The Uni at Department of Homeless Services Shelter Sites











Beginning in February 2014 the Uni has been rotating among Brooklyn single adult and family shelters spending up to a month at a time in each place. Residents are able to borrow materials whether or not they have a library card, and can do so easily at any time.

Besides offering a brand new collection of books developed specifically for the shelter Uni and tailored to the needs of our patrons, BPL staff provide programs such as job readiness training, book clubs, and read-alouds with kids, to name a few.

If you would like to host a Uni at your facility, you must meet the following guidelines:

  •      A secure, and large enough space for the Uni to stay while it is at the facility.  We will handle the loading in and out of the Uni.
  •      The ability to have BPL Outreach Services staff visit the facility once a week for up to 2 hours to provide reference services, programming, and upkeep (adding/re-shelving books, aiding in borrowing, signing people up for library cards, etc.)
  •      A facility located in Brooklyn

We’d love to discuss this with you more. Feel free to contact us any time! 

Call 718.230.2792 or email Brenda Bentt-Peters:BBentt-Peters@bklynlibrary.org


We are grateful to the Lauder Foundation for their generous support of the BPL UNI project.

This project is sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, which has been established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation