Make an appointment with a librarian for a fun and free class visit. Librarians can schedule a tour, a storytime, or research help, and make sure all your students have library cards.
Visit the Library
How do educators schedule a class visit to their local branch?
Locate the branch library closest to your school on our Neighborhood Map. Call and ask to speak with the Children's Librarian if your students are 12 or under, or the Young Adult Librarian if they are teens. Visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Email [email protected] and tell us the name of your school, grade, and location.
Does the Central Library Youth Wing offer schools tours?
Central Library offers tours of both the Youth Wing and Brooklyn Collection archive pending availability.
Appointments to visit the Youth Wing must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 718-230-2116. The Youth Wing can accommodate a maximum of forty (40) people in each group, including chaperones. Due to scheduled visits, programming, and heavy use by our general public, the Youth Wing cannot guarantee sufficient space or seating for drop-in groups.
Please notify the Youth Wing office in advance of any group visits, even if special services are not needed. Due to scheduled visits, programming, and heavy use by our general public, the Youth Wing cannot guarantee sufficient space or seating for drop-in groups.
The Youth Wing does not have space for groups to eat lunch or store lunches, bags, or coats.
The Brooklyn Collection offers a limited number of tours and research sessions to K-12 and post-secondary classes. Contact Brooklyn Connections to schedule your visit on our Apply page. Be prepared to communicate what historical topic you’re interested in researching during your visit.
Central Library does not have space for groups to eat lunch or store lunches, bags, or coats.
Can my class attend a regularly scheduled storytime or other program at a Library branch?
We encourage teachers to make an appointment for their classes and groups so we can tailor a visit to meet your needs and even focus on your class’s area of study. Often our community programs advertised on our events calendar, in Library flyers, or elsewhere are quite full and it is difficult to accommodate a class or classes on top of members of the public due to program room capacity, program supplies, and staffing. Please contact us so we can set-up a custom library experience for your class or group!
How often can I visit the Library with my class?
Please discuss availability with your local librarian. A recommended timeframe for regular visits is once every three weeks. This gives students and teachers the opportunity to read and return the books and materials they have borrowed in a timely manner and then have the opportunity to select new titles. While we would love to see groups more often, we want to make sure that all classes and groups have the opportunity to enjoy a Library visit.
Student Library Cards
How do educators sign up their students for Library cards?
Library cards can be arranged through the branch closest to your school. Contact your local library branch. You can print library card applications and distribute them to your students. For students ages 12 & under, use the Children's Library Card Application. A parent or guardian must sign applications of children ages 12 and under. For teenage students use the Adult & Young Adult Library Card Application. Arrange with the librarian to drop off library card applications at least two weeks before a class visit and we can have cards waiting for your class. Proof of address is not required when cards are issued as part of a class visit.
My Students' parents don't speak English. Do you have library card applications in other languages?
I don't have the time/permission to schedule class visits. Can you visit my school?
Yes! You can book a librarian and/or Brooklyn Connections educator to visit your school pending availability.
Librarians offer storytimes for younger classes and give presentations with booktalks and resources for special assignments to older kids and teens. We can also tell students about library programs, volunteer opportunities and other resources for students such as homework helpers and test prep resources. Locate the library closest to your school on our Neighborhood Map. Call and ask to speak with the Children's Librarian if your students are 12 or under, or the Young Adult Librarian if they are teens. Or email [email protected] and tell us the name of your school, grade, and location. School visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Brooklyn Connections educators offer engaging and fun lessons for 4th – 12th grade classes teaching a variety of research skills through the lens of Brooklyn history. Apply for our residency program or an individual class visit and our educators will come to your school prepared with fascinating resources from the Brooklyn Collection archive to inform the research process. Consult our Resources page for topic and lesson ideas and sign up for individual class visits or our residency program on our Apply page.
Does the Library have a computer classroom that can be reserved by classes?
The Central Library Youth Wing houses a Tech Loft with 36 computers. The Tech Loft may be reserved for student groups by calling (718) 230-2116 at least two weeks in advance. It is available to all schools within Brooklyn. Students need to have their library cards with them on the day of the visit to log on to computers.
How can educators schedule a visit from the Kidsmobile?
Brooklyn Public Library's colorful Kidsmobile, a children's library on wheels, visits schools, child care centers, Headstart, afterschool programs and community events. Request a Kidsmobile visit to your school.