Center for Brooklyn History

Open today from 10 am - 6 pm.

Please note, Othmer Library is closed to the public on Mondays and hours vary from the Center for Brooklyn History building hours. View the Othmer Library hours.


Monday 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Address & Contact

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Get Directions

Fully accessible




Managing Librarian



Center for Brooklyn History exterior photo

The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) was formed in 2020 by uniting Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and 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

The Shop at CBH

Looking for a unique, Brooklyn-inspired gift? Visit our retail shop, on location at 128 Pierrepont Street.