Our collection includes more than 5,000 books on Brooklyn's history, historical maps and atlases, yearbooks and newspapers from dozens of local high schools, a wide variety of ephemera, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper clippings morgue, and local newspapers on microfilm.
Many of our resources are available online, including:
- The Brooklyn Daily Eagle digital database
- City and telephone directories online from 1856 onward
- Historical Fire Insurance Maps (FIMo) database for building research-available onsite only at the Central Library
- More than 20,000 digitized historical photos
- Our Brooklyn, featuring history, facts, and photos of the various neighborhoods that make up our borough
- Brooklyn in the Civil War, exploring Brooklyn's history in the Civil War and including lesson plans for teachers
- The Fulton Street Trade Card Collection, featuring colorfully illustrated advertising cards
- A collection of illustrated covers from the Brooklyn Sheet Music Collection
- A selection of digitized books from the Clara Whitehill Hunt Collection, a BPL collection of approximately 7,000 American and European books for children, dating primarily from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
- Highlights from the Brooklyn Theater Playbills and Programs Collection
For all of our books and a selection of historical digitized photographs, search our online catalog. Need help navigating our collections? Our Collection Guides are useful finding aids to what's in our archives.
Please feel free to walk in during our open hours to visit our browsing collection and view our exhibits. The Brooklyn Collection research space is a designated quiet area with Wi-Fi access and outlets at each desk space. Our materials do not circulate. Identification, such as a driver’s license, school ID, or library card, is required to access all materials except those in our browsing section.
An appointment is required for access to original photographs, archival collections and certain historical ephemera. We do not page material after 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While using our archival materials all bags and coats must be stored in the provided lockers. For more information about our rules for use, or about making an appointment, please contact us via email at email@example.com or by calling 718.230.2762.
Reproduction and Rights Information
Many of our materials cannot be photocopied, items can only be photographed without flash. Patrons with a Brooklyn Public Library card can photocopy certain materials for a small fee. Patrons may make copies of documents from the Brooklyn Collection for educational, research and personal use. Brooklyn Collection staff can also provide copying and scanning for the public, at additional cost. The collection may refuse to permit copying if the material is fragile and may be damaged.
The Brooklyn Collection does not own reproduction rights to all materials in its collection. Patrons are responsible for proper use and attribution of copyrighted materials and agree to indemnify the Brooklyn Collection and the Brooklyn Public Library from any action involving infringement of the rights of an author, his or her heirs, and descendants in common law or under statutory copyright.
For editorial and commercial use, additional fees may apply. For more information regarding educational, personal and commercial image usage please click here.
Citing our Material
Please use the following format to cite our material:
[Item and date (if available)], Box number, Folder number, Name of collection, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library