Jamaica Bay Library

Welcome to Jamaica Bay Branch, August 2000 Exterior View, August 2000 View in Front of Branch, August 2000 Interior View, Study Area, August 2000 Interior View, Study Area, August 2000 Children and Technology, August 2000 Children and Technology, August 2000 Technology Available to Public, August 2000 Learning How to Read, August 2000 Jamaica Bay Branch, c.1970s Jamaica Bay Opening, July 1973 View Outside of Branch, c.1970s
Branch History

The Brooklyn Public Library recognized the need for a branch library in the Jamaica Bay area as early as 1966, when Director John A. Humphreys requested construction funds in a letter to Mayor Lindsay. Although the site chosen for the new library caused some controversy in the neighborhood, site approval was granted in March 20, 1967, after a public hearing. After a long planning process, the new library opened in July, 1973. The design, conceived by Manhattan architects Leibowitz/Badouva and Associates, won the New York Society of architects bronze plaque, for an accomplished solution to a difficult and highly constrained construction. Unusual features of the interior are a sunken carpeted area designed to hold the library's periodicals collection, and a colorful mural of tree branches filled with birds. The mural was painted by Mark Morgen, a former Library employee.

The Jamaica Bay branch looks forward to serving its patrons for generations to come, and to functioning as a technologically advanced, multi-faceted information center throughout and beyond the next century. 

Famous Facts

Now a part of the Gateway National Research Area, an immense national park, Canarsie Pier, which adjoins Canarsie Beach Park, was designed as a gathering place for the community.