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Bronx Library Center: Visitor Guide

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Discover the largest public library in the Bronx: New York City’s first municipal green building. Opened in January 2006 to accommodate the area’s rapidly growing population, the Bronx Library Center features six floors of innovative spaces for learning as well as enriching programs for all ages.  

Services & Programs | For Kids | For Teens | Collections


Services & Programs

  • English Classes

    • 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: 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.
  • Career and Educational Information Service

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

  • Technology Training Center
    • ​​Free computer classes at the library. Classes are single session and are two 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.
    • A small priority seating area for seniors and those who use wheelchairs.

For Kids

  • Story Time
    • 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 including storytime, workshops and performances.
  • Family Literacy Workshops
    •  parents and caregivers will get tips on how to read with their children to help them get ready for school.

For Teens

  • BridgeUp
    • An after-school program preparing youth for success in high school and beyond.
  • Teen Center

    • Books (nonfiction and 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.

    • Questions about college?  Teens and their families can discover programs and resources to help get ready for college and learn about the application process.  Visit us or go online for more : www.nypl.org/collegeaccess

Collections

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;  enjoy artworks by various Latino artists.  Please see a librarian for access.

Adult Circulating Collections

  • Nonfiction 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.

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.

New York City Programs


idNYC

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

NYCitizenship (Concourse Level: Rm. C33)

  • By appointment only.  Meet with a free, trusted lawyer.  Apply for citizenship easily. Call 311 for an appointment (Fridays, 9-5)
  • Financial Counseling - free and confidential. (4th Fridays, 9-5).  Call 311 for an appointment.