Carroll Gardens Library - History

Branch History

One of Brooklyn’s most beautiful Carnegie branches, Carroll Gardens Library has served its neighborhood for more than 100 years.

Carroll Gardens Library’s spacious, 14,000-plus square-foot interior retains its original, dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling and other historical features. In the early decades of the twentieth century, Carroll Gardens Library was known for its citizenship classes, helping more than 10,000 patrons become United States citizens. Today, the branch serves the neighborhood’s large Italian-American, African-American, French and Latino communities. Its most popular programs include Toddler Time and wellness activities for older adults.

Carroll Gardens is a charming, walkable neighborhood whose streets are lined by brownstones with front yards. Several ornate churches in the area are considered architectural landmarks, such as the Early Romanesque Revival South Congregational Church and the Gothic Revival St. Stephen’s Church.

Notable neighborhood residents include poet and music critic Stanley Crouch, journalist Michelle Goldberg and TV host Stacy London.

Did you know?

Carroll Gardens, which was once considered part of Red Hook, was named after Charles Carroll, an Irish immigrant who signed the Declaration of Independence.