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Open today from 10am - 4pm.

  • Partially accessible

    One public restroom is wheelchair-accessible.  Main entrance to building is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Return library materials
    Return your BPL library materials during open hours.
  • Library Card Service
  • Holds pickup
  • Extended Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi signal that can reach up to 300 feet outside the library, available 24/7; learn more about Bklyn Reach.
  • 24-Hour Book Drop
    Return your BPL library materials any time in our exterior book drop.
  • Printing Pickup
    Use BPL’s Print On Demand service to send files from your device, then pick up your printouts from this branch. For prices and full instructions on how to use this service, visit the Print On Demand page.



Address & Contact

1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Ave. J
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Partially accessible
B6 B42 B60 B82
Managing Librarian
Tom Muller

In 1909, southeast Brooklyn's Canarsie Library first opened as a deposit station with a small collection of books. Since joining the Brooklyn Public Library system in 1932, the branch has twice moved to larger spaces in response to high demand for its services. Today, though it resides on a fairly quiet stretch of Rockaway Parkway, Canarsie Library is anything but sleepy. Expanded hours at the library—made possible in the fall of 2014 by increased investment from the mayor and city council—have led to a boost in attendance. Canarsie Library's popular programs include quarterly ESOL classes and the Immigration Consultation and Legal Services sessions provided by Immigrant Justice Corps. 

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