Brooklyn Public Library


Then and Now

Apr 26, 2012 6:19 PM | 0 comments

Take a look at Central Library over the years. View the Brooklyn Collection's gallery of the building's transformation. 






A Storied Entrance

Apr 26, 2012 10:45 AM | 0 comments

Did you ever notice that Brooklyn Public Library is shaped like a book? Opened on February 1, 1941, the Central Library is the major reference center for BPL's 60-location system.

 The library's notable architecture was created to resemble an open book, with the spine on Grand Army Plaza and the building's two wings opening like pages onto Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue. The Art Deco detailing of the entranceway was designed by sculptors Thomas Hudson Jones and Carl P. Jennewein. Take note:  The bronze screen above the entrance features beloved characters from American literature. With your votes, you can help restore our doors at Central! Vote HERE!