The Baychester branch of The New York Public Library has been serving Co-op City and the surrounding community since its opening in 1973. The Baychester library’s staff is dedicated to providing information, education, culture and inspiration to the community of Co-op City. We encourage our patrons to pursue lifelong-learning, the enjoyment of books, CDs, DVDs, online resources, and free programs at our library.
Located in the Bartow Shopping Mall, the Baychester library is a very popular resource for community residents, and this contributes to it being one of the busiest branches in the Bronx. The separate adult, young adult, and children’s collections, as well as the reference, magazines, and media collections, are housed on one spacious floor, and all are wheelchair accessible. Library users can access computers and receive assistance from trained staff. The Baychester library also offers a variety of educational and recreational programs for children, teens and adults, in the 70-seat community room, on a regular basis. (Please check online Events calendar or our monthly flyer for the scheduled programs dates and times.)
A spruce-up of the Baychester library in 2003 featured refurbishment that included: 22 public computers for adults, young adults and children, new shelving for non-print materials, new lighting, flooring, and ceiling tiles, new furniture, new circulation desk, and refurbished community room. At the celebration of the library’s reopening after the renovation, Assemblyman Stephen B. Kaufman, who was a key contributor to the renovation, stressed the enhanced computers as well as other materials access.
Library Site Manager - Leslie Brown, 718-379-6733
Children’s Services – Arianna Gonzalez, 718-379-6700
Young Adult Services – Vijay Kumar, 718-379-6700
Adult Service - Vijay Kumar, 718-379-6700