From intimate gatherings with family and friends, bat and bar mitzvahs to baby and bridal showers, Brooklyn Public Library has a variety of beautiful and historical spaces that make any social event special.

Central Library

Brooklyn Public Library's Grand Lobby is available for special events and weddings on specific days and times, according to the public service schedule. The Grand Lobby has a standing capacity of 300 and a seating capacity of 250. Requesting permission to host an event in the Central Library's Grand Lobby should be applied for at least one year prior to your event.

Park Slope Library

Park Slope Library's spectacular interior features leaded stainedglass archways, freestanding ash columns, a combination of oak, ash and chestnut woodwork that comprises its shelving and judge’s paneling throughout the first floor. A vaulted, stained-glass ceiling adorns in the upper mezzanine and is viewable from the first floor. Each wing contains a pair of tiled fireplaces crafted by Grueby Faience Company of Revere Massachusetts. Each glazed, tiled fireplace is adorned with friezes reclaimed from ancient and unknown New York buildings. The Children’s Wing frieze depicts a procession of youth making music and dancing, while the Adult Wing’s frieze displays a robed choir of young men singing. Conveniently located in one of Brooklyn’s premier neighborhoods, Park Slope Library's 3,200 square foot unique layout offers the perfect location for cocktail style events for up to 300 guests and is perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, quinceaneras and other large scale events.

Park Slope Library is available for private rental on Fridays after 5pm, Saturdays after 6pm and Sundays after 12pm. All private events require 90 minutes for set-up and 90 minutes for breakdown.

Park Slope Open Floorplan (PDF)

Park Slope Cocktail Reception Floorplan (PDF)

The Brooklyn Collection at Central Library*

Host your intimate affair in the world’s largest public archive for the study of Brooklyn’s social and cultural history in the 19th and 20th centuries. With its oak shelving lined with Brooklyn-centric materials and views of the Grand Lobby, the Brooklyn Collection is the perfect space to host private and corporate cocktail parties and holiday celebrations. The Brooklyn Collection space can accommodate 125 for cocktails.

Special event clients have the option of making an additional donation to the Library's Brooklyn Collection to showcase materials and ephemera curated by our archivists at their events. We are proud to offer the following menu of historical items for display at your next event.

The Brooklyn Collection is available during the following hours*

  • Mondays from 5pm to midnight
  • Fridays from 5pm to midnight
  • Saturdays from 5pm to midnight
  • Sundays from 12pm to midnight
     

*Please note that all events in the Brooklyn Collection require one hour of set-up and one hour of breakdown. All hours are included in the above times of availability.

Iconic Spaces for your Special Day

Brooklyn Public Library offers a host of spaces, both indoors and outdoors, for special events like engagement and wedding photography.

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