Why You Need to Visit the Brooklyn Central Library

With its breathtaking façade, sweeping grand lobby, and vast contemporary and historical collections, the Brooklyn Central Library is a New York City icon. It’s a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and is located at Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Grand Army Plaza. Over a million books, magazines, and multimedia materials can be found here. Whether you’re a native New Yorker or just passing through, Central Library is a great place to spend the afternoon. Here are some of the things you’ll find there.

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Your Guide to the Brooklyn Central Library


Central Library first opened its doors in 1941. Originally designed to resemble an open book, the facility features over 350,000 square feet of space and is regarded as one of America’s greatest Art Deco buildings. Today, the library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Approximately one million people walk through its 50-foot high entryway each year.

Attractions & Events

Guests of the library are welcome to explore the state-of-the-art Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, an 189-seat auditorium that hosts lectures, readings, musical performances, and other events. You can also visit the large plaza for concerts in the summer. Head to the Central Library website for a full list of upcoming events and programs.

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons opened in January 2013. This space is a venue for individual work, public classes, private events, and meetings. The Central Library’s local history division, The Brooklyn Collection, holds over a million items including photographs, maps, manuscripts, Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, and much more.


If you think a library is a quiet place for bookworms, think again! Central Library is almost always bustling with adults, teens, and children of all ages. It serves as a much-needed community center where people can come use the internet, attend a free workshop, or work on a resume. The library is still a great place for reading and studying but has a fun, lively atmosphere.

Hours & Admission

Brooklyn Central Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Be sure to stop in on your next trip to the Big Apple!

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