The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) was formed in 2020 by uniting Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and the Brooklyn Public Library, combining materials collected over the past 157 years by BHS with BPL's Brooklyn Collection and becoming the most expansive catalogue of Brooklyn history in the world. CBH is housed at 128 Pierrepont Street, in the landmark building designed by George B. Post that was home to BHS, and the Long Island Historical Society before it, for nearly 140 years. While its home is on Pierrepont Street, CBH extends its collection and programming to reach every branch in BPL’s 60+ library system. CBH will democratize access to Brooklyn’s history and be dedicated to expanding and diversifying representation of the history of the borough by unifying resources and expertise, and broadening reach and impact.
After an extensive renovation, CBH is now fully open to the public! We look forward to welcoming you to dig into our combined collections, enjoy in-person programming and exhibitions, and visit our more publicly accessible building, with areas for reading and studying, and expanded hours of operation. Othmer Library hours vary from general CBH building hours. To view Othmer library hours click here.
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Center for Brooklyn History Events
CBH Talk | How Barbra Sees Herself: Discussing Streisand’s Memoir6:30 pm, Center for Brooklyn History
- Brooklyn History & Memoirs
- History of New York City
- Black History in Brooklyn
Brooklyn by name : how the neighborhoods, streets, parks, bridges, and more got their namesLeonard Benardo
The Three Graces of Raymond Street : murder, madness, sex, and politics in 1870s BrooklynRobert E (Robert Emmet) Murphy
Black Gotham : a family history of African Americans in nineteenth-century New York CityCarla L Peterson