The Van Cortlandt Branch of The New York Public Library is a cozy, one-room, one-floor branch situated near the Jerome Park Reservoir and historic Van Cortlandt Park. Both the park and the branch owe their names to the early 18th-century New York mayor, Jacobus Van Cortlandt, whose family owned large tracts of land in the area. The branch opened in 1969, formerly operating out of a tiny apartment in the area, and is fully accessible to people who use wheelchairs. It houses a small but varied collection of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books for all ages. The branch also contains a small collection of Russian, Chinese, and Spanish language books for all ages, and features an excellent paperback collection with a selection of genre fiction, such as mystery, romance, and science fiction.
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