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Leonard Library is scheduled to close on December 30th, 2022 for renovations and will reopen in winter 2024. The work being done includes roof and HVAC replacement, restoration of the historic lay light in the main reading room, and new ceiling finishes, featuring lighting fixtures and other improvements.

In preparation for the closure, patrons may not request materials on hold at this branch. Our closest branches are the Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg libraries.

Please check our locations map to find an open branch or to confirm current hours and status before visiting any BPL location.



Address & Contact

81 Devoe St. at Leonard St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Partially accessible
B24 B48 B62 Q59
Managing Librarian
Lauren Comito

Leonard Library is one of BPL's original Carnegie branches and is the iconic library visited by Francie in Betty Smith’s beloved book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. In 2008, Brooklyn Public Library staff joined Smith’s family and the NYC Parks Department to plant a tree in the author’s memory outside of the branch. Located one block from busy Metropolitan Avenue and situated on a residential block in Williamsburg, Leonard Library fills an important niche in this lively community, offering popular children's programming such as Story Play on Tuesdays and Jump, Dance and Wiggle on Fridays. 

Friends of Leonard Library

Friends of Leonard Library was founded in 2008 and reconvened in 2015. The group generally meets on the first Saturday of every month at 12pm in the downstairs meeting room of Leonard Library. For more information about activities and joining the group, visit our website.

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