Society, Sciences & Technology (SST) Division

From environmental issues, law, math, education, philosophy, computers, sciences, crime, cooking, relationships and more, the Society, Sciences, and Technology (SST) Division holds one of the largest and most diverse topic collections in the Central Library.  We are a Selective Federal Depository; SST holds a collection of Congressional Hearings and other Government publications; New York City and New York State laws. 

Photo of Society, Science & Technology Division
Photo by Gregg Richards


You can find other materials and resources such as:

  • Rules of the City of New York, New York City Charter and Administrative code, New York State Consolidated Laws, United States Code, and United States Supreme Court Decisions
  • New Americans Corner with citizenship material and information flyers
  • Statistical information and data on current issues
  • We provide access to The Foundation Center’s Online Directory and Grants to Individuals.  These resources list grant information for both individuals and institutions. The online databases can only be accessed on the SST computers in the public workstations.

During tax season, we have a limited selection of federal and state forms (that usually arrive in mid February).  We will print 1 copy of any number of tax forms for the current year plus previous year if needed for free.  We do not print instructions or publications.  For more information on the BPL tax assistance programs held at Central and the branch libraries, please see this page:
Free Tax Help at BPL

Limited environmental reports are available in this division. Please note that we do not catalog these items. Firms wishing to deposit a report with the library may send a copy by mail, however, we are not able to provide a signature for the report. If you require a signature, please contact the library's legal counsel. 

Borrow a Telescope from BPL

BPL patrons can now borrow a telescope from the SST Divison, courtesy of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.  Please see this page for more information: