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In the Library

Concourse Level

  • Auditorium

    A fully A/V-equipped 150-seat auditorium with theatrical lighting.  There is always a free program on Saturdays at 2:30 pm.

    • Checkroom Service
  • Center for Reading and Writing

    Literacy improvement for adult new readers of English. The Center for Reading and Writing offers small classes, tutoring, and computer-based instruction in reading and writing for adults. Books are available for borrowing by individuals and classes.

  • Technology Training Center

    Free Computer Class @ the library.  Instruction on computer use is provided. 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.

First Floor

  • New Books and Media

    This floor features New Bestsellers  and Non-Fiction Books on a wide variety topics, the Adult DVD collection (Movies, TV series, documentary and instructional dvds, and World Cinema movies),  the Music CD collection, the Adult Large Print Collection and the Urban Fiction collection.

    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Media Collection
    • Large Print Collection
    • Computer Services: Wireless Internet Access, Laptops for Public Use
    • Pre-schoolers (3-5 years): Self-service check-out, Lost and found
    • Children: Self-service check-out, Lost and found, Checkout and return of all types of library materials
    • Circulation: Self-service check-out, Checkout and return of all types of library materials
    • School Age (5-12 years): Self-service check-out, Checkout and return of all types of library materials
    • Book drop box (limited hours)
    • Lost and found
    • Public Restroom
  • Teen Center

    Books and magazines for ages 12-18 are available for borrowing. Personal computers and software for free public use by appointment. Plasma monitor along with audio equipment keeps this area lively. Young adults are also able to do their homework, talk, play chess, or read.

    • Young Adult Fiction
    • Young Adult Non-Fiction
    • Young Adult Media

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 and materials are available for borrowing.

    • Children's Books
    • Children’s Media
    • Computer Services: Computers for Public Use, Printing (from PC)
    • Photocopiers (black/white, self service)
    • Children's Only Public Restroom

Third Floor

  • Adult Books Collection

    A large number of adult books on a wide variety of topics are located on this floor. Periodicals from scholarly journals to current popular magazines are found near the reading room. Internet access for free public use by appointment is available.
    Services to Persons with Disabilities 
    Conference room offers the following assistive technology to the public:

    • Personal Reading Machine - scans printed text and reads aloud in synthetic speech
    • Telecommunications devices for the deaf (TTY) are available for borrowing
    • Closed Circuit Television Enlarger (CCTV) - enlarges printed material 45-60 X 
    • Computer screen magnifying software available (MAGIC) - available on all public computers in the library
    • Computer screen reading software (JAWS) - available on all public computers in the library
    • Lifelong Learning Collection
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Periodicals
    • Chinese Language Collection
    • Russian Language Collection
    • French Language Collection
    • Bengali Language Collection
    • Korean Language Collection
    • Assistive Technologies: Screen reading software, Screen magnification software, Closed-Circuit Television Enlargers (CCTVs), Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TTY's)
    • Computer Services: Computers for Public Use, Wireless Internet Access, Printing (from PC), Wheelchair Accessible Computers, Laptops for Public Use
    • Photocopiers (black/white, self service)
    • Public Restroom

Fourth Floor

  • Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Collection

    The Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Center features:

    • Extensive circulating and reference bilingual collections reflecting both individuals' cultural experiences and the broader Latino experience
    • Educational and cultural programs and multimedia exhibitions highlighting the realities, aspirations, and accomplishments of Latino and Puerto Rican people in the United States and throughout the world
    • Spanish Language Collection
    • Ethnic Heritage Collection
  • Reference Collection

    The largest reference library available to the public in the Bronx. Its collection is strong in business, law, and literature. Four dozen computer workstations with Internet access are available for free public use by appointment.

    • Reference Collection
    • Computer Services: Computers for Public Use, Laptop Docking, Printing (from PC), Wheelchair Accessible Computers, Electrical outlets available
    • Wheelchair accessible photocopiers
    • Public Restroom

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 >>

Also available in this library

  • Printing and Copy Services: Photocopiers (color, self-service), Photocopier (black/white, self-service)
  • Assistive Technologies: Personal Reading Machines, Jaws, MAGic
  • Children: Jaws, MAGic, Photocopier (black/white, self-service)
  • School Age (5-12 years): Jaws, MAGic, Photocopier (black/white, self-service)