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The Brooklyn Public Library

 

The Brooklyn Public Library is the United States’ fifth largest public library system. It is located in Brooklyn, New York. The independent nonprofit library is funded by the federal government, the New York and State governments, and also by some private donors.


On May 1, 1892, an Act of Legislature of the State of New York approved the Brooklyn Public Library system. Then on November 30, 1896, a resolution for the library’s establishment was passed by the Brooklym Common Council. Mare E. Craigie was the institution’s first director.


Andrew Carnegie donated a staggering $1.6 million between 1901 and 1923. This significant

contribution helped in the development of 21 branches including the Central Library located at

the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.


The Central Library houses over a million magazines, multimedia materials and catalogued books.

It also has its own local history division named the “Brooklyn Collection”, which includes countless maps, photographs, manuscripts and Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia. This branch of the Brooklyn Public Library features the very modern Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture. The center opened in 2007, and is the regular venue of musical performances, readings, lectures, concerts and other events.
Over one million people visit the Central Library every year.