Clinton Hill Library - Local History & Photos

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Welcome to Clinton Hill Branch, May 2000 Partial Staff Photo, May 2000 Technology Available to Public, May 2000 Patrons Researching Information, May 2000 Exterior View of Branch, c. 1970 Ribbon Cutting, Branch Opening, Nov 1974 Staff Photo, c. 1970s
Branch History

Clinton Hill Branch opened in October of 1974 in what was then, and remains today, a lively, economically and racially mixed community of concerned citizens and active parents. From the beginning, neighborhood contacts have been vital. For example, the Society for Clinton Hill held monthly meetings in the branch in 1975, and for many years thereafter. The branch keeps in touch with local government through frequent attendance at meetings of Community Board #2, and with the 88th Precinct, another valuable source of support.

From the beginning, African-Americans have been a substantial part of Clinton Hill's public. From nearby Pratt Institute, Library Science students and art students regularly use the branch. The DVD collection has been a growing and thriving resource for patrons and an important part of the circulation since 1987. Clinton Hill Branch has realized many of Brooklyn Public Library's million possibilities during these past 22 years, and will build on these accomplishments in the future.

Famous Facts
Celebrities Living in Clinton Hill:
Chris Rock  (Actor and Comedian "New Jack City"; AT&T commercial; HBO comedy show
Little Caesar Rapper
Junior Mafia Rap group
Spike Lee Director/Actor; Currently has a clothing store on DeKalb Ave. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, has its headquarters in Clinton Hill.
Ted Lewin Illustrator of children's books
Rosie Perez Actress