Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library)

Library · Prospect Park
10 Grand Army Plz (at Eastern Pkwy.), Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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Central Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway.


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    Chris R.
    "Beautiful exterior."(3 Tips)
    Diana K.
    "Beautiful architecture and only library in Brooklyn open on Sunday."(2 Tips)
    "free language conversation groups in the multilingual section"(2 Tips)
    Zain M.
    "Great place to relax, read a book, and marvel at the architecture."(27 Tips)
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  • Zain M.

    Great place to relax, read a book, and marvel at the architecture. The books here, however, are a bit dated.

    Zain M. · 1 week ago
  • Marc M.

    A great place to work from when you can't work at home or a cafe. Book meeting rooms, use Adobe CS products, too!

    Marc Mayer · August 23
  • Karim W.

    Great wireless Internet

    Karim Walker · July 21
  • Ian V.

    The Information Commons on the first floor is the only area in the library with fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, it's also the loudest part of the library.

    Ian Valentine · July 16
  • Felipe R.

    Very nice place!!!

    Felipe Reyes · May 15
  • Chris R.

    Beautiful exterior. Interior is a bit drab with some funky smells.

    Chris Ryan · March 15
  • Abigail A.

    Beautiful building - gets very crowded and don't expect much in customer service.

  • Rob J.

    Nice building, good WiFi and clean bathrooms. Plus books so you can learn to read good and do other stuff good too like zoolander

    Rob Juckett · March 5
  • Samantha

    Sign up for IDNYC here.

    Samantha · January 17
  • Elie B.

    Beautiful exterior, and too shabby on the inside as well. Check out the photo exhibits just after the entrance, and the Four & Twenty Blackbirds cafe in the main lobby.

    Elie Bleier · December 13, 2014
  • Elie B.

    Disgusting bathrooms, which is the norm for NYC public libraries.

    Elie Bleier · December 13, 2014
  • Elie B.

    Second floor and to the right for quiet study spot with chargers. Internet is slow but works.

    Elie Bleier · December 13, 2014
  • Angelica Y.

    I'd say this is most spacious library available in NYC, aside from maybe The New York Public Library

    Angelica Young · December 2, 2014
  • Caylin N.

    Great selection of new books. You can usually find what you want at Central!

    Caylin Nieto · November 23, 2014
  • Darryl J.

    Everything, from hour long computers to eating in the cafe ,it's hard to be ,even being open on Sunday.

    Darryl Jones · September 10, 2014
  • Charlie S.

    Nice books

    Charlie Stephenson · September 7, 2014
  • Sage

    The flagship of the Brooklyn public library system. They have wifi. If you need a place to plug in, go the the science and technology section.

    Sage · September 6, 2014
  • Sthephany D.

    This place is beautiful. Walking into the place, I felt as though I was going to go visit the Prince of Egypt.

    Sthephany Delgado · August 13, 2014
  • Nick S.

    Fun kids area!

    Nick Sears · August 12, 2014
  • joyce t.

    just left a class @ the Brooklyn Public Library!

    joyce taylor · May 5, 2014
  • Liam K.

    Try the books, they're great!

    Liam K. · April 22, 2014
  • Compass

    Readers of all ages and interests frequent the majestic book archive known for impressive art deco architecture, a casual sandwich cafe, and sunny, street front public plaza.

    Compass · April 18, 2014
  • Lucky Monkey

    Newly opened cafe in the grand hall serves up delicious selection of food, including great pastries, and stumptown coffee. How about that!

    Lucky Monkey · March 29, 2014
  • Stephan B.

    You can take out just about any book you want right away. Gettin a hold on a book is straightforward & you usually wait a week to 3 weeks on average.

    Stephan Baker · March 17, 2014
  • Sarah F. P.

    Not only for books also for CD's, films and ebooks, as well as maga7ines. And now with the fab pie cafe with best pies in NYC from 4 and 20 blackbird

    Sarah F. Parsons · March 14, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    Hey! This place is full of books

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · February 10, 2014
  • Jorge A.

    I love this Library it's so peaceful! This is the best Library of New York City!

    Jorge Alvarez-Washington · January 3, 2014
  • Jorge A.

    Love this Library so peaceful! The best Library of New York City

    Jorge Alvarez-Washington · January 3, 2014
  • Gabby H.

    Don't be late for story time, the librarian is unforgiving. She won't let you in. (Also, you need a ticket to attend.)

    Gabby H · December 2, 2013
  • Sean B.

    The Brooklyn Public Library, through the joining of municipal enterprise and private generosity, offers to all the people perpetual and free access to the knowledge and the thought of all the ages.

    Sean Brody · November 23, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group

    Free Wifi + online capabilities for reserving books makes this a great library. If you plan to get late night studying done here though, you may need to go elsewhere - it closes at 9pm.

    The Corcoran Group · November 7, 2013
  • Nicholas M.

    If you want a quiet place to study, head to the 3rd floor art and music room. No nonsense jive talking up here.

    Nicholas Melvin · November 5, 2013
  • Melissa W.

    Take your food truck goodies from in front of Prospect Park, cross the street and eat at the lovely outdoor tables in front of the library. Even have umbrellas :)

    Melissa Wilfley · October 6, 2013
  • Lindsey F.

    Free WiFi, interesting programs, and the info commons. Also, books!

    Lindsey Frances · October 6, 2013
  • Sally S.

    Put books on hold for easy borrowing! You can reserve and renew online.

    Sally S · August 28, 2013
  • Craig W.

    Grand army plaza location....

    Craig Williams · August 1, 2013
  • Craig W.

    Still better AC than the airport.

    Craig Williams · June 18, 2013
  • April N.

    Free dance classes, Saturday morning 10 am from Sept to June. Tango

    April NYC · June 6, 2013
  • Craig W.

    Just hanging out here for today. :)

    Craig Williams · May 16, 2013
  • thecoffeebeaners

    Silent Movie Matinees at BPL!

    thecoffeebeaners · April 3, 2013
  • David H.

    Wifi is down sometimes.

    David Huerta · March 9, 2013
  • David H.

    Espresso book machine use is by appointment only.

    David Huerta · March 4, 2013
  • joyce t.

    Using the computer room!

    joyce taylor · January 9, 2013
  • Shawn W.

    Smell the loveliness of the books and the thoughts in them. Sit outside or on the 3rd floor, while reading, and watch the sun go down (not in that way, purrv.) p.s. don't slurp on your drinks!!!!!!!!

    Shawn Williams · November 23, 2012
  • Fitz H.

    Nice alternative to coffee shop. Plenty of space, mostly quiet. But the wireless internet sometimes REALLY sucks.

    Fitz Haile · October 18, 2012
  • Diana K.

    Beautiful architecture and only library in Brooklyn open on Sunday. Kinda sad. Actually very sad.

    Diana K · September 16, 2012
  • Damian C.

    Staff is friendly this is a nice library almost reminds you of a museum !!

    Damian Clayton · July 11, 2012
  • Angela H.

    Exterior prettier than interior. But nonetheless an impressive library. There are tables outside with shade: perfect for reading and taking in the Brooklyn scene.

    Angela Hu · July 10, 2012
  • Jessica

    There are free language conversation groups in the multilingual section (French, Chinese, English, Japanese, Spanish, etc) that are open to everyone!

    Jessica · June 26, 2012
  • Brooklyn Public Library

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for Open House weekend


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