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Leonard Library is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in late 2024. 

wooden library wagon with shelves

In the meantime, you can visit Leonard staff around the neighborhood! Meet Nellie the book wagon, check out books, get a library card and more. View the events calendar or our Facebook page to find out where we'll be next.




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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