Updated April 8, 2020
Along with the City's increased efforts to slow the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Brooklyn Public Library has decided to close our doors. Beginning Monday, March 16, all our locations will be closed until further notice.
While we are closed, we encourage patrons to use our digital resources, many of which are linked at the bottom of this page.
- If you have received a message that your materials holds are "ready for pick up" during our closure, please expect to find them on the hold shelf 2-3 days following our re-opening.
- For those materials currently on the hold shelf, they will remain on the shelf for one week following reopening to give you chance to come in to check them out.
- Though all library locations are closed, you can still place materials on hold and we will begin fulfilling requests once we re-open to the public.
It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to combat misinformation. Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following vetted resources:
NYC Department of Health: Key information from the City of New York on COVID-19 updates, including preparation and response measures.
Center for Disease Control: Updates on the federal response to COVID-19, including travel advisories and national infection numbers.
World Health Organization: Information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, including daily situation reports with international infection numbers.
BPL's Remote Resources
Did you know that many of the Library's resources are available online?
Here are just some of the things you can do from home:
- Check out an eBook
- Read the newspaper
- Browse dozens of magazines
- Listen to BPL's podcast, Borrowed
- Pick up a new language
- Learn a new software, business or creative skill
Children and teens might enjoy:
- Hearing a story from our singing librarian
- Learning about career options
- Discovering different cultures
- Practicing for the SAT and other tests
- Learning about social issues like climate change
- Putting together a submission for our teen writing contest
And the whole family can learn about the 2020 Census together.