The smooth gray facade and impressive staircase of the Brooklyn Public Library guides locals and travelers to one of the city’s largest contemporary and historical collections of reading materials. Located within walking distance of stunning Prospect Park, this borough staple has served as a Mecca for community members seeking access not only to literature and research, but also social services, resources and education since 1941. With well-kept reading rooms, a café with seating that’s popular among the freelance set, an expansive children’s space and more, the Brooklyn Public Library is a neighborhood icon.
Travelers can wander the stacks and explore temporary exhibits showcasing borough history, literary greats and other relevant topics. Settled back with a book, a cup of coffee and a locally made pastry at the library’s café, or take a walk through the Green Market at nearby Grand Army Plaza and relax in the shade of a tree in Prospect Park while you picnic on the grass.
The Brooklyn Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. It’s most easily accessible by taking the 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza.