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Programs and Services at the Bronx Library Center


Concourse Level

Adult Learning Center

  • Two types of classes are offered: ENGLISH / (ESOL): Classes for people who want to learn and improve their English. These classes offer speaking/listening, also some reading/writing. READING & WRITING CLASSES / (Adult Basic Education - ABE): Classes for people who speak English, but need help with reading and writing in English.

Literacy Connection

  • Literacy Connection is a FREE education program for young adults dedicated to improving their reading, writing, and math skills. Participants must be between 16-24 years old, not employed, and not attending school.  Please call 718-579-4208 for more info.

 Innovation Labs

  • Innovation Labs offers an ELA elective course for 9th through 12th grade students that includes laptop labs, multi-week proejcts, and fields trips.  Innovation Labs also teaches students to communicate their ideas through blogs, videos, podcasts, and more.  Please call 718-579-4217 for more info.

Technology Training Center

  • Free Computer Classes at the library. Classes are single session and are 2 hours long. A new schedule is offered each month. Pre-registration is required. Call 718-579-4244 for more information. Registration starts on the last Friday of each month at 1 pm on a first come, first serve basis.


  • Equipped with theatrical lighting, the auditorium seats 150. There is always a free program on Saturdays at 2:30 pm.

First Floor

Adult Popular Library

  • New Bestsellers - both Fiction and Non-Fiction books on a wide variety topics;  Adult DVD collection (Movies, TV series, documentary and instructional DVDs, and World Cinema movies);   Music CD collection and  Urban Fiction collection.
  • Four walk-up catalog computers where library users can search for items and manage their library account.

Teen Center

  • Books (Non-fiction & Fiction), CDs and DVDs for ages 12-18 are available for borrowing. There is seating area and internet computers for teenagers only. Printing from PCs is also available. A wide variety of fun, educational programming is available for teens each week.

Priority Seating

  • A small priority seating area for seniors and those who are mobility challenged.

Second Floor

Children's Room

  • The children's room provides a full range of educational resources for and about children. A large collection of books, dvds, and other materials are available for borrowing. A Children’s Programming Room features a variety of children's events each month.

Third Floor

Adult Circulating Collections

  • Non-fiction books on a wide variety of topics including: exam prep, learning English, Citizenship, cookbooks, travel books, biographies, technology, literature and history. Fiction: Hardcover and Paperback Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, and the Classics. Large Print Books; Audio Books; Books in other languages - Bengali, Chinese, French, Russian and Vietnamese are also available.
  • Popular magazines and newspapers are available for in library reading only.
  • Closed Circuit Television Enlarger (CCTV) - enlarges printed material 45-60 X (for the visually impaired).
  • Six Internet accessible computers for adults only.


  • A Reading Terrace which is open when the weather is fine.

BridgeUp Classroom

  • An afterschool program preparing at-risk youth for success in high school and beyond.

Fourth Floor

Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Collection

  • Circulating and reference bilingual (English/Spanish) collections reflecting both individuals' cultural experiences and the broader Latino experience including popular bestsellers in Spanish for borrowing. A rare Puerto Rican/Latino collection is housed in the Heritage Room; please see a librarian for access.

Reference Collection

  • This collections comprises a small print reference collection with concentration on business, law, and literature. Over 400 research databases on a wide array of subjects can be accessed on the 48 Internet accessible computers available on this floor. A library card is required for usage. Special Reference collections are also available on the following: Bronx History, The Works of Edgar Allan Poe and the Foundation Center.

Fifth Floor

Career and Educational Information Service

  • Offers career and educational counseling by appointment or walk-in. Computers and accompanying software are available. Learn more here.


  • By appointment only.  Get your free IDNYC card.  Please call 311 for an appointment.