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Branch History

Located two blocks from the home where Jackie Robinson lived from 1947-1949 when he won Rookie of the Year and within walking distance of the world’s first solar-powered home, Rugby Library is a beloved civic institution in East Flatbush. When Rugby opened in 1957, its interior was perhaps the most colorful of any library in New York, with modern furniture in bright reds, yellows and blues. The branch still catches the eye of visitors, including those who attend Story Time and Ready Math, two of its most popular programs.

Rugby is a lending location for the Library Hotspot program, through which patrons who do not have home internet access are able to borrow a mobile WiFi device for up to one year. The library also hosts a pair of Zipcars, and the proceeds from their usage support branch programs and the purchase of supplies.

Did you know?

Rugby Library is home to the beautiful Rochelle Tenner Reading Garden, named for one of the library’s most passionate and effective advocates.

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