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."(27 Tips)
    Riley S.
    "The only library that I know of that sells the nachos you'd..."(2 Tips)
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  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJune 20
    Crazy beautiful façade and a particularly good Children's room.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MMarch 4
    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
    Great wireless Internet
  • Ian V.
    Ian ValentineJuly 16, 2015
    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
    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
    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
    just left a class @ the Brooklyn Public Library!
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.April 22, 2014
    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
    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
    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.
  • Nicholas M.
    Nicholas MelvinNovember 5, 2013
    If you want a quiet place to study, head to the 3rd floor art and music room. No nonsense jive talking up here.
  • 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
    Put books on hold for easy borrowing! You can reserve and renew online.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsAugust 1, 2013
    Grand army plaza location....
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsJune 18, 2013
    Still better AC than the airport.
  • April N.
    April NYCJune 6, 2013
    Free dance classes, Saturday morning 10 am from Sept to June. Tango
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilliamsMay 16, 2013
    Just hanging out here for today. :)
  • thecoffeebeaners
    thecoffeebeanersApril 3, 2013
    Silent Movie Matinees at BPL!
  • David H.
    David HuertaMarch 9, 2013
    Wifi is down sometimes.
  • David H.
    David HuertaMarch 4, 2013
    Espresso book machine use is by appointment only.
  • joyce t.
    joyce taylorJanuary 9, 2013
    Using the computer room!
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn WilliamsNovember 23, 2012
    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
    Beautiful architecture and only library in Brooklyn open on Sunday. Kinda sad. Actually very sad.
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