Civic Commons

View of Civic Commons
Photo: Gregg Richards, Brooklyn Public Library

Featuring its own entrance on Flatbush Avenue, the Civic Commons is an easily accessible, dedicated hub for organizations and services that facilitate participation in public life. It is home to Central Library’s Passport Services Center, IDNYC office, Computer Center, and Community Partner Office.

These services are united through a common reception area offering seating, WiFi, and other amenities for waiting patrons. The Civic Commons hosts civic events such as local committee meetings, informational workshops, and voter registration drives through partnerships with Brooklyn Voters Alliance, Immigrant Justice Corps, the NYC Department of Health, Brooklyn Pride Center, and others.

Passport Services Center

Apply for a U.S. passport or passport card at Central Library’s Passport Services Center, available by appointment only. For more details, visit or call 1.877.487.2778 or 1.888.874.7793 (TDD/TTY).

IDNYC Office

Apply for a new or replacement IDNYC card at Central Library’s IDNYC Office, available by appointment only. For more information about IDNYC, visit or call 311.

Computer Center

The Computer Center contains desktop computers, a scanner, and a printer. A multi-function photocopy machine and self-check kiosk is located just outside the room.

Community Partner Office

A 250-square-foot, multi-functional space for local agencies seeking a workspace for administrative office space, appointments with the public, and programs and events. For more details and reservation inquiries, email

Central Library Revitalization

This space was part of Phase One of Central Library's renovations.

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