Patrons are asked to keep visits brief. At branches, patron visits will be limited to one hour if building is at or near its capacity limit. Learn more.
Check-in Before You Leave Home
Out of an abundance of caution due to Covid-19, Library branches may close without notice for cleaning. Please visit Up-to-Date Location Closures to check the status of your branch before arriving.
Established as the Broadway Branch in 1924, the library served the neighborhood from a frame house on E. 42nd Street until 1958 when a 6,500-square-foot facility opened on Broadway Street. This aging and overcrowded building was replaced in August 2000 with the current 16,000-square-foot structure on College Avenue that was renamed the College Avenue Branch.