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The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment at CBH, or for information on how to access our special collections and archives in-person or online, please email [email protected]. CBH will fully reopen in fall 2022—further details will be posted here as they are available.

While we are open by appointment only during the day, CBH is hosting limited, live, evening public programs on select dates in June. Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for one or more of these in-person events and whet your appetite for CBH’s grand reopening later this year. For more information, check out our Program Calendar.

The new Brooklyn Heights Library is now open at 286 Cadman Plaza West. The Center for Brooklyn History no longer provides grab-and-go lobby service at CBH.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].


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128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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The newly-formed Center for Brooklyn History is an exciting collaboration between Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Public Library, combining materials collected over the past 157 years with BPL’s Brooklyn Collection and becoming the most expansive catalogue of Brooklyn history in the world. 

The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) is housed at 128 Pierrepont Street, in the magnificent landmark building designed by George B. Post that was home to Brooklyn Historical Society, 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. The Center for Brooklyn History will expand the organizations’ virtual public program offerings and launch new digital offerings, provide access to the combined digital archives and continue growing the collections, including both institutions’ collections of oral histories, documents, and artifacts related to Brooklynites’ experiences during COVID. 

While CBH is currently open by appointment only, preparations are in the works to fully reopen our facility to scholars, researchers, students and the public, all free of charge. 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.


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