Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library)

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
  • Chris R.
    "Beautiful exterior."(3 Tips)
    Diana K.
    "Beautiful architecture and only library in Brooklyn open on Sunday."(2 Tips)
    Zain M.
    "Great place to relax, read a book, and marvel at the architecture."(29 Tips)
    Michelle C.
    "beautiful library steps away from the Grand Army Plaza"(2 Tips)
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  • Sankofa T.
    I love that I can sit outside and drink my coffee and have breakfast lunch or dinner. #kingofcoffeenyc #sankofatafari #durambessa #lionofthebx #nyc #nyccoffee #yebunanegus
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CJanuary 29
    The young adult section is to your immediate left when you enter. Checkout is in the center atrium area. It's a massive, beautiful library steps away from the Grand Army Plaza and its Saturday market.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 12, 2016
    renowned architecture at this branch, but go online to have your book requests sent to the most convenient BPL location for you :)
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AlvarezOctober 23, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Pro tip: put your books on hold online and they'll reserve them and send notice when they're available. In and out!
  • Briana J.
    Briana JaNae'September 5, 2016
    Nice area not the best library but when I need wifi and to charge my phone it comes in handy
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJune 20, 2016
    Crazy beautiful façade and a particularly good Children's room.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MMarch 4, 2016
    The library is beautiful but if you are trying to get a passport on Saturday and Sunday, be aware there is 3-4 hour wait. They give you a buzzer and you can roam around the library in the meantime.
  • Amir F.
    Amir FadaviDecember 20, 2015
    Nice place but it's not quite as it should be
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaDecember 19, 2015
    Four and 20 black birds is on the first floor.
  • Zain M.
    Zain M.November 14, 2015
    Great place to relax, read a book, and marvel at the architecture. The books here, however, are a bit dated.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 23, 2015
    A great place to work from when you can't work at home or a cafe. Book meeting rooms, use Adobe CS products, too!
  • Karim W.
    Karim WalkerJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great wireless Internet
  • Ian V.
    Ian ValentineJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Felipe R.
    Felipe ReyesMay 15, 2015
    Very nice place!!!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RyanMarch 15, 2015
    Beautiful exterior. Interior is a bit drab with some funky smells.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 10, 2015
    Beautiful building - gets very crowded and don't expect much in customer service.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JuckettMarch 5, 2015
    Nice building, good WiFi and clean bathrooms. Plus books so you can learn to read good and do other stuff good too like zoolander
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SchwartzJanuary 17, 2015
    Sign up for IDNYC here.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierDecember 13, 2014
    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 B.
    Elie BleierDecember 13, 2014
    Disgusting bathrooms, which is the norm for NYC public libraries.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierDecember 13, 2014
    Second floor and to the right for quiet study spot with chargers. Internet is slow but works.
  • Angelica Y.
    Angelica YoungDecember 2, 2014
    I'd say this is most spacious library available in NYC, aside from maybe The New York Public Library
  • Caylin N.
    Caylin NietoNovember 23, 2014
    Great selection of new books. You can usually find what you want at Central!
  • Darryl J.
    Darryl JonesSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything, from hour long computers to eating in the cafe ,it's hard to be ,even being open on Sunday.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie StephensonSeptember 7, 2014
    Nice books
  • Sage
    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Sthephany D.
    Sthephany DelgadoAugust 13, 2014
    This place is beautiful. Walking into the place, I felt as though I was going to go visit the Prince of Egypt.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SearsAugust 12, 2014
    Fun kids area!
  • joyce t.
    joyce taylorMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    just left a class @ the Brooklyn Public Library!
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.April 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the books, they're great!
  • Compass
    CompassApril 18, 2014
    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.
  • Lucky Monkey
    Lucky MonkeyMarch 29, 2014
    Newly opened cafe in the grand hall serves up delicious selection of food, including great pastries, and stumptown coffee. How about that!
  • Stephan B.
    Stephan BakerMarch 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Sarah F. P.
    Sarah F. ParsonsMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥February 10, 2014
    Hey! This place is full of books
  • Jorge A.
    I love this Library it's so peaceful! This is the best Library of New York City!
  • Jorge A.
    Love this Library so peaceful! The best Library of New York City
  • Gabby H.
    Gabby HDecember 2, 2013
    Don't be late for story time, the librarian is unforgiving. She won't let you in. (Also, you need a ticket to attend.)
  • Sean B.
    Sean BrodyNovember 23, 2013
    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.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 7, 2013
    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.
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WilfleyOctober 6, 2013
    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 :)
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FrancesOctober 6, 2013
    Free WiFi, interesting programs, and the info commons. Also, books!
  • Sally S.
    Sally SAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Put books on hold for easy borrowing! You can reserve and renew online.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grand army plaza location....
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsJune 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Still better AC than the airport.
  • April N.
    April NYCJune 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Free dance classes, Saturday morning 10 am from Sept to June. Tango
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just hanging out here for today. :)
  • thecoffeebeaners
    thecoffeebeanersApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Silent Movie Matinees at BPL!
  • David H.
    David HuertaMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi is down sometimes.
  • David H.
    David HuertaMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Espresso book machine use is by appointment only.
  • joyce t.
    joyce taylorJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Using the computer room!
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn WilliamsNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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!!!!!!!!
  • Fitz H.
    Fitz HaileOctober 18, 2012
    Nice alternative to coffee shop. Plenty of space, mostly quiet. But the wireless internet sometimes REALLY sucks.
  • Diana K.
    Diana KSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Beautiful architecture and only library in Brooklyn open on Sunday. Kinda sad. Actually very sad.
  • Damian C.
    Damian ClaytonJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Staff is friendly this is a nice library almost reminds you of a museum !!
  • Angela H.
    Angela HuJuly 10, 2012
    Exterior prettier than interior. But nonetheless an impressive library. There are tables outside with shade: perfect for reading and taking in the Brooklyn scene.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJune 26, 2012
    There are free language conversation groups in the multilingual section (French, Chinese, English, Japanese, Spanish, etc) that are open to everyone!
  • Brooklyn Public Library
    Thanks to everyone who joined us for Open House weekend
  • Diego R.
    Diego RMay 2, 2012
    If you hate cops, don't come here!
  • Brooklyn Public Library
    Vote for Brooklyn Public Library at Help restore the Central doors with a $250,000 grant! Vote everyday
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 26, 2012
    Central Library is an anchor institution, a modernist landmark, and one of Brooklyn's most beloved and celebrated civic spaces. Its unusual design resembles an open book, with a 50-foot entry portico.
  • Sacha T.
    Sacha ThompsonApril 17, 2012
    Sacha Thompson March 8, 2012When you donate to Support Our Shelves BPL can purchase new books, DVDs, and eBooks that benefit all Brooklynites! Donate
  • hello r.
    hello ridwanApril 17, 2012
    Pilnik .....
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 15, 2012
    Wifi all day!
  • Anderson E.
    Anderson EvansMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out The Espresso Book Machine!
  • Sacha T.
    Sacha ThompsonMarch 8, 2012
    When you donate to Support Our Shelves BPL can purchase new books, DVDs, and eBooks that benefit all Brooklynites! Donate today!
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergFebruary 24, 2012
    On 2/21/12, I announced a new partnership between NYC's Workforce1 Career centers and public libraries that will give New Yorkers more access to job readiness services:
  • barry s.
    barry shanckFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Finished computer class
  • Yann R.
    Yann RimbaudJanuary 11, 2012
    Open until 9 PM.
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergDecember 31, 2011
    On 12/29/11, I came here to announce that 2011 marked an all-time record low in traffic fatalities in NYC:
  • alex p.
    alex patriquinDecember 17, 2011
    Wifi is painfully slow. Place is worn down, scrubby. Not a grand library as exterior suggests.
  • DaSH
    DaSHNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to process your passport app... They only take check or money order...
  • Sandy
    SandyOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    this is my favorite place nearby my apartment to do work. it's not always the quietest, but there are large desks with comfy chairs on various floors, and a great selection of books.
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Steven G.
    Steven GoodwinOctober 9, 2011
    Checks or Money orders only!
  • Tiffany F.
    Tiffany FergusonOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    No Cash Credit or Debit
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl HerrickAugust 23, 2011
    Beautiful exterior & decent cafe with reasonably priced, kid-friendly food. Big kid section that's got plenty to read, computers, etc., though isn't especially cozy.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertAugust 13, 2011
    Pro tip: if you new a passport made or updated, they have a secret office here right where you walk on. Open on weekends too!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GimbelAugust 13, 2011
    Great place to pee if you are near the park.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Amitav Ghosh on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM as he reads from his new novel, River of Smoke.
  • Suman G.
    Suman GanguliAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Tables & chairs under umbrellas..sit & take in the view
  • Carminia M.
    Carminia MJuly 20, 2011
    3rd floor music section is ironically the quietest part of the library. But no plugs and no comps allowed.
  • Suman G.
    Suman GanguliJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Library has a # of Rosetta Stones installed on one of the machines (in the Multilingual Center, naturally)
  • Jamel M.
    Jamel MuhammadJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best library in the entire city. it has three floors and the collection are simply phenomenal. Overal, the interiors remind you of a museum.
  • Yossi
    YossiJune 22, 2011
    The WiFi speed is nothing to write home about.
  • Nima B.
    Nima BeckieJune 13, 2011
    I was there Sat. For a Read-in. Sadly,way too many libraries are now on the chopping block due to budget cuts. Can you really picture a world with no books? Its a scary thought,but,if more people don' Read more
  • The'rosee' P.
    The'rosee' PartOneMay 28, 2011
    I'm like it..bhaha,
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WilsonMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Is it just me or is this wifi slower than dial-up?
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WilsonMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be careful when using non-https connections over the wifi. Your data isn't encrypted.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MartinezMay 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My dog uses the steps fountain to drink water.
  • Cait
    CaitApril 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    constantly impressed by their little art exhibit on the ground floor - always worth a stop en route to the park.
  • eric
    ericApril 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    they have aeron chairs in the lang/lit/fiction area on the first floor. buttloads of them ;)
  • Adele T.
    Adele TiblierMarch 23, 2011
    Its a beautiful building. #sshhhhh
  • ♥ Evelyn C.
    ♥ Evelyn CruzMarch 19, 2011
    So cool to escape here
  • johanest w.
    johanest wahyuMarch 1, 2011
    it's cool and amazing
  • ansor r.
    ansor ridwanFebruary 20, 2011
    You can mooch the WiFi all day. They have restrooms AND water fountains! Plus, there's paper everywhere that you can look at to learn stuff!
  • Janie S.
    Janie SJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The Brooklyn room is a gem! Learn your local history.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PlunkettJanuary 26, 2011
    Don't talk
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PottingerJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's extra toasty here in the wintertime, so dress in easily removable layers!
  • Chobc I.
    Chobc IngsrisawangJanuary 12, 2011
    So meny special books here
  • Gaby W.
    Gaby WilsonOctober 4, 2010
    If you need to use a computer and the Popular Library has a long line, you can borrow a laptop or look for computer stations in any of the other sections.
  • Momo F.
    Momo FurudateAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You can reserve DVDs online and pick them up. And you can renew them every week online unless someone else has a hold on it. This has helped me get through my Netflix queue faster!
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 2, 2010
    The Central Library in Brooklyn has THE BEST AC.
  • Punky R.
    Punky RJuly 8, 2010
    Nice for the library concept
  • Pamela K.
    Pamela KerpiusMay 19, 2010
    Cancel your Netflix account and replace it with the BPL's DVD collection. It works just the same--you keep renewing and renewing your movies only your credit card doesn't get charged each month.
  • Karyn R.
    Karyn RavinApril 26, 2010
    Suppot Library's fundraising campaign - Text BOOKS to 50555 for an instant $10 mobile donation!
  • Riley S.
    Riley SolonerApril 2, 2010
    The only library that I know of that sells the nachos you'd normally get at a movie theater.
  • Jim M.
    Jim McCrayFebruary 7, 2010
    You can mooch the WiFi all day. They have restrooms AND water fountains! Plus, there's paper everywhere that you can look at to learn stuff!
  • BrooklynMuseum
    BrooklynMuseumDecember 18, 2009
    Staff Pick! Deb (Digital Lab): Catch a snack at the Mambo Open Book Café and check out some books at the same time. Sit under an umbrella on the plaza and sip your coffee. Civilized!
  • Ibrahim U.
    Ibrahim UçarSeptember 23, 2015
    İçin de bulunan kantinde tarçınlı bir çörek yapıyorlar inanamazsınız ... Parmaklarımı yedim.
  • Patty B.
    Wiffi gratis :)
  • Mikhail С.
    Mikhail СбджMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Скучнейшее место. Но русские литературные вечера в Двек центре всегда интересны.
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