There’s lots of news at the Brooklyn Public Library: in-person services are being expanded, the LitFilm series of films and discussions about writers is underway, the BPL is celebrating the completion of the first phase of Central Library’s revitalization with a virtual ribbon cutting.
Let’s take them in calendar order, starting today:
This week, BPL also hosts its LitFilm series, with FREE online screenings and talks about authors and with authors.
Most notable is an exclusive pre-screening of the six-hour three-part documentary on Ernest Hemingway, produced for PBS by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. She introduces the first two segments.
Tuesday, May 4 / 7 pm-9pm – Part One
Wednesday, May 5 / 7 pm-9pm – Part Two
Thursday, May 6 / 6 pm-8pm – Part Three
BPL Virtual Ribbon Cutting
It’s the first of five grand public spaces designed to modernize and transform the landmark historic building, which began construction in 1912 and contains more than 17 million books, periodicals and other items.
Join the BPL at 11:30am on Thursday, May 6, for the virtual ribbon cutting and celebration.
The five spaces being updated are the Major Owens Welcome Center, New & Noteworthy, Civic Commons, Business & Career Center, and the Grand Lobby.
- Read more about the building’s history here.
Get the ID NYC card to use as a library card.
The ID NYC card also offers FREE museum admission.
Starting Monday, May 10, Central Library’s first floor will re-open for limited browsing and computer use.
Also starting May 10, BPL is expanding our services to include limited browsing and computer use at these 13 branches throughout the borough:
- Brownsville Library
- Canarsie Library
- Central Library
- Clinton Hill Library
- Coney Island Library
- Crown Heights Library
- Flatbush Library
- Fort Hamilton Library
- Greenpoint Library
- Kings Highway Library
- Midwood Library
- Mill Basin Library
- Red Hook Library
Opening hours at these locations
- 10am to 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
- 1pm to 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday
Browse the shelves:
- Patrons can browse first-floor shelves and check out books and materials at the checkout desk, or use self-check machines or the BPL mobile app.
Use the computers and printers:
- Patrons can call the branch in advance or visit the service desk to reserve up to two computer sessions per day, or send documents to quick release printers.
Register, renew or upgrade a library card:
- Activate a new library card (you can apply in advance on our website) renew a card, or upgrade an eCard.
Holds pickup & returns:
- Patrons can pick up the books they’ve reserved in advance and return books and other materials.
Masks will be required for both patrons and staff.
You will be unable to enter the branch without a mask.
Please limit your time inside to one hour.
- You may be asked to leave if you have exceeded that time.