Every Brooklynite Can Start Here

Since 1896, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), in accordance with its mission, has provided the people of Brooklyn with free and open access to information for education, recreation and reference. Evenly distributed across the diverse borough, BPL’s 60 locations serve as integral community gathering spaces for a wide variety of purposes. In many neighborhoods, the local branch library remained one of the few constants amid a century of unfathomable change. Regardless of what was happening outside its walls, the neighborhood branch could always be trusted to provide timely and reliable information on a wide range of topics, a safe haven for children after school and perhaps most importantly, a sense of dignity and belonging to anyone who happened through its doors, regardless of age, race or income.

While the Library remains a fundamental community institution, profound external changes in the way information is disseminated and accessed make it imperative for the Library to revisit its service model to enhance core services, re-envision programming to ensure its relevancy, and develop new and exciting approaches to serving Brooklyn’s unique populations in non-traditional ways.

View our Strategic Plan (PDF)