Board Game Library

Borrow board games from Brooklyn Public Library!

Brooklyn Public Library patrons with an adult library card can now borrow up to three board games at a time for a period of three weeks. This free service is currently available at the Adams Street, Bushwick, Central, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht and Windsor Terrace Libraries by following these steps:

  1. Place your board game(s) on hold by using the links in the game list below, or by navigating to our catalog and searching there. Adams Street, Bushwick, Central, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht and Windsor Terrace Libraries are currently the only branches where you can pick up games. 
  2. When your game is ready for pickup, we will notify you and you can come and pick it up. We are currently only open for pick up at Adams Street, Bushwick, Central, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht and Windsor Terrace
  3. When you are done with your game, or when your three weeks are up, please return it to the reference desk at either Adams Street, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht, Windsor Terrace and Central Library's Youth Wing. Games may not be left in book drops. 

Browse the games:

 


Introductory Games

These games are a great place to start playing. They are also a great way to begin the evening before diving into something more dense. 

 
Littlest Gamers (2-5 years old)

Great games to play with young children. Practice dexterity, cooperation, and communication.

 
Kid's Games (5-10 years old)

A great place to start with older children (5+) that parents will enjoy too.

 
Single Player/Solo Mode Games

Games designed for one player, or that have a good solo mode for when other people aren’t invited.

  • Calico (1-4 players | 30-45 min | Ages 10+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Cuphead: Fast Rolling Dice Game (1-4 players | 30-45 min | Ages 12+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Onirim (1-2 players | 15 min. | Ages 8+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (1-4 players | 60-120 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Root with Clockwork Expansion (1-4 players | 60-90 min. | Ages 10+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Tiny Towns (1-6 players | 45-60 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Wingspan (1-4 players | 40-70 min. | Ages 10+ | Catalog | More info)
 
Two-Person Friendly Games

Games that work well with only 2 players.

Cooperative Games

Work together to overcome a challenge. 

  • Aeon’s End: War Eternal (1-4 players | 60 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game (1-2 players | 60-120 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine (2-5 players | 20 min. | Ages 10+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Forbidden Island (2-4 players | 30 min. | Ages 10+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Codenames: Duet (2 players | 15-30 min. | Ages 11+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (1-4 players | 30-120 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • The Grizzled (2-5 players | 30 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Hanabi (2-5 players | 25 min. | Ages 8+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Horizons of Spirit Island (1-3 players | 90-120 min. | Ages 14+ | Catalog | More info)
  • MicroMacro: Crime City (1-4 players | 15-45 min. | Ages 12+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Pandemic (2-4 players | 45 min. | Ages 8+ | Catalog | More info)
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders (1-8 players | 60-120 min. | Ages 13+ | Catalog | More info)
 
Party Games

Easy games for large groups. 

Dense Games

Games with a multitude of interlocking mechanics. These games are lengthy and challenging. 

 

If you have new or gently used board games that you would like to donate to the Board Game Library, lets discuss it. Contact us at boardgames@bklynlibrary.org with the word “Donation” in the subject line. Please be advised we are currently accepting donations at Bushwick, Central and Crown Heights libraries only, and because of Covid 19 considerations there are additional restrictions in place.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone with a valid full-access adult Brooklyn Public Library card.

You can borrow up to three games at a time and can place a hold on an additional three games.

You may keep the games for three weeks.

Yes, board games can be renewed, provided they are not on hold for another patron.

Let us know when you return the game if there are pieces missing so that we can make sure the game is complete for the next patron. If missing pieces will prevent a game from being playable or if a game is not returned at all, your account may be fined to cover replacement costs.

Games can only be returned to the Adams Street, Bushwick, Crown Heights,  Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht, Windsor Terrace and Central Library Youth Wing locations of Brooklyn Public Library during branch hours. Games must be returned to the librarian at the reference desk and may not be left in book drops.

After seven days, games will be marked as missing and a replacement fee will be assessed. Replacement fees depend on the cost of the game to be replaced. Returning the game will waive the replacement fee.

No. Currently you may only check out one copy of any particular title per library card.

All games come with instructions in English.

Instructions in other languages are available online for many of our games, and directions for accessing alternate language versions will be provided where available.

Let the librarian know if you discover missing pieces as soon as possible. Sometimes games are loaned out without all factory original pieces if the game is playable as is.

Yes, thank you. Please contact us at boardgames@bklynlibrary.org including the word “Donation” in the subject line to discuss the logistics.

Our collection contains games for a variety of ages and skill levels, from young children and beginners to older and experienced players.

To borrow a game, please follow the following steps:

1. Place your board game(s) on hold by using the links in the game list below, or by navigating to our catalog and searching thereAdams Street, Bushwick, Central, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht and Windsor Terrace Libraries are currently the only branches where you can pick up games. 

2. When your game is ready for pickup, you will receive a notification and you can come and pick it up. We are currently only open for pick up at Adams Street, Bushwick, Crown Heights,  Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht, Windsor Terrace and the Central Library Youth Wing during branch hours, except Sundays.

3. When you are done with your game, or when your three weeks are up, please return it to the reference desk at the Adams Street, Bushwick, Crown Heights,  Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht or Windsor Terrace Libraries or Central Library's Youth Wing, during branch hours. Games may not be left in book drops.

 

Please check the complete list of games by clicking on The Full List at the top of this page.

BPL's Board Game Library is a BKLYN Incubator project. BKLYN Incubator was founded in 2015 with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and continues to operate with funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Board Game Club

Mon, Apr 15 3:30pm
Dyker Library, Auditorium

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Bring family and friends together for an afternoon of board games! You can choose from old classics or find a new favorite.

Game On! Board Games

Mon, Apr 15 4:00pm
Homecrest Library

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Play with friends or make new friends. Classic board games such as Uno, Jenga, Connect 4, Monopoly and more.

Teen Tech Time

Thu, Apr 18 3:00pm
Greenpoint, Eco Lab 3 (Teens)

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Calling all Teens and Tweens!

Join us at the Greenpoint Library every Thursday from 3-5pm for our Teen Tech Time.

We have a wide variety of both video games and tabletop games to explore and enjoy.

We hope to see you there!

Game On! Board Games for Kids

Fri, Apr 19 3:00pm
Bushwick Library, Auditorium

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Play new and classic board and card games from BPL's circulating board game collection. If you play something you like, you can check it out for a game night at home!

Board Game Club

Mon, Apr 22 3:30pm
Dyker Library, Auditorium

board game exchange library Events for Youth and Family kids

Bring family and friends together for an afternoon of board games! You can choose from old classics or find a new favorite.

Game On! Board Games

Mon, Apr 22 4:00pm
Homecrest Library

board game exchange library game on

Play with friends or make new friends. Classic board games such as Uno, Jenga, Connect 4, Monopoly and more.

Game On! Board Games for Kids

Fri, Apr 26 3:00pm
Bushwick Library, Auditorium

board game exchange library game on table-top & board games

Play new and classic board and card games from BPL's circulating board game collection. If you play something you like, you can check it out for a game night at home!

Board Game Club

Mon, Apr 29 3:30pm
Dyker Library, Auditorium

board game exchange library Events for Youth and Family kids

Bring family and friends together for an afternoon of board games! You can choose from old classics or find a new favorite.

Game On! Board Games

Mon, Apr 29 4:00pm
Homecrest Library

board game exchange library game on

Play with friends or make new friends. Classic board games such as Uno, Jenga, Connect 4, Monopoly and more.

Teen Tech Time

Thu, May 2 3:00pm
Greenpoint, Eco Lab 3 (Teens)

board game exchange library everyone is welcome here game on

Calling all Teens and Tweens!

Join us at the Greenpoint Library every Thursday from 3-5pm for our Teen Tech Time.

We have a wide variety of both video games and tabletop games to explore and enjoy.

We hope to see you there!

Have feedback?

Let us know how your experience with the Board Game Library is going and which games you want to play next. To leave feedback on your gaming experience or to let us know what other games you would like to play email boardgames@bklynlibrary.org email account with the subject line, "Feedback."

Locations and Hours for Checkouts

Adams Street Library
9 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Bushwick Library
340 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Crown Heights Library
560 New York Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Greenpoint Library
107 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Jamaica Bay Library
9727 Seaview Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11236

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

McKinley Park Library
6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11219

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

New Utrecht Library
1743 86th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11214

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11218

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 
10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday

Central Library - Youth Wing Reference Desk
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday & Saturday

We are currently unable to check out board games on Sundays.

Returns may be made to the Reference Desk at Adams Street, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Jamaica Bay, McKinley Park, New Utrecht and Windsor Terrace libraries and Central Library's Youth Wing during library hours.

Contact Us

For general questions, please see our FAQs before contacting us at boardgames@bklynlibrary.org

If you are contacting us about making a donation, please email us at boardgames@bklynlibrary.org and including the word “Donation” in the subject line to discuss.