Saratoga Library is a Classical Revival-style Carnegie branch with a distinctive Spanish tile roof and a storied history. Opened in 1908, Saratoga was renovated in 1958, 1974 and 1990.
The branch’s most popular programs reflect its appeal to patrons of all ages: Summer Reading events fill the garden with beginning readers and elementary school children; Teen Tech Time teaches older students the technology skills that will be essential to their success in the workplace; and résumé and job search programs draw adults who are seeking employment or hoping to change careers. Saratoga Library is one of nine Brooklyn libraries to host reserved spaces for Zipcar, allowing patrons easy access to the popular car-sharing service.
In 1997, the branch became New York City’s first library with a garden designed by the Horticulture Society of New York. The garden features a gazebo and two flower beds.