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Leonard Library is scheduled to close for renovations on August 2, 2021, and will reopen mid-Fall 2021. As we prepare to close, patrons can no longer place holds at Leonard, and existing holds will be transferred to Greenpoint Library after August 2. Check our location map for branches that are currently open!



Address & Contact

81 Devoe St. at Leonard St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Not 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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