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Brooklyn Public Library--Main Branch

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Beautiful art deco building

Really nice on the outside with the old art deco, tons of books inside, and tons of places to sit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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The BPL book collection is extensive, but there are also videos and audio programs available for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brooklyn, New York
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10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238-5600
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice on the outside with the old art deco, tons of books inside, and tons of places to sit with your laptop too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The BPL book collection is extensive, but there are also videos and audio programs available for borrowing, an exhibition of some kind, and computers which visitors with a library card may use. There is also free WiFi and a cafe in the lobby. Keep this...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank localgal920
Reviewed 8 January 2019

We came upon the Brooklyn Public Library by surprise and were beckoned in by its Egyptian themed entrance Located at Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Grand Army Plaza near the Prospect Heights, it contains over a million catalogued books, magazines, and multimedia materials. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DJGingeColdwell
Reviewed 15 November 2018

English was a second language for me as I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s within easy walking distance of this great library. Since children pick up languages faster than their parents can, I was not taught English by my parents. I did...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank enoughtoil
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I live in Brooklyn so I'm a library member and use it often. As a tourist visitor it's still worth a walk by to see this amazing looking building and entrance. You won't need to go inside but you can combine it with Brooklyn botanical...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Halo44
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Perfect edification and serene place to just relax and be retrospective with your thoughts. Definitely a place to be and just vibe.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank chrisbowe
Reviewed 12 August 2018

A grew up not far from here long before the hipsters came to Brooklyn and always loved the selection and the magnificent building. Was just back there doing family research in its Brooklyn archives, it still is sooo impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jnf60201
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This is a truly gorgeous library - well designed and well stocked for your needs. It has arguably the second largest music selection in NYC (after Lincoln Center), and it can be enjoyable just to sit and enjoy the beautiful lobby.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank cantesynge
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We were in Brooklyn for one week and when we were about to fly back to Seattle, we were hoping to print our boarding passes, so we walked to the Brooklyn Library, where the staff were very helpful and we were able to buy a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank leeinoly
Reviewed 2 May 2018

We came here since we moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, to rent the latest magazines, to grab a DVD or any kind of old or new novels. Later when we had kids, this was the weekly go to place, before or after the park visit....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PhilSolo18
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24 October 2017|
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Response from James L | Reviewed this property |
The NYPL Main Branch is an excellent library and the staff is helpful. I've spent considerable time at both the NYPL Main Branch and the Brooklyn Public Library. I would say visit both places and decide for yourself which is... More
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26 July 2017|
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Response from awalkinpeace | Reviewed this property |
There are classes for adult education. I don't know the specifics of what that entails.
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27 June 2017|
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Response from sirenazulclaro | Reviewed this property |
Yes agree with other reviewers, the 2/3 downtown train to Grand Army Plaza from 34th Street and 7th Ave train station