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Welcome to the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH)! You can access our extensive online resources here, including: collections, programming, education resources, much more. 

Our building at 128 Pierrepont Street is currently closed for contruction—we are renovating the ground floor to improve accessibility and prepare to welcome more visitors than ever before. We will FULLY reopen to the public in September 2023. 

We remain open for research in the Othmer Library by appointment only

 - For information on how to access our special collections and archives in person or online, please email [email protected].

 - We also continue to host public programs both virtually and in person. For more information, check out our Program Calendar.

 -Our educational programs and resources are available online and in person. Check out our educational resources here

If you would like more information or have any general questions about CBH, please contact us at [email protected].



Address & Contact

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fully accessible

The newly-formed Center for Brooklyn History is an exciting collaboration between Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Public Library, combining materials collected over the past 157 years with BPL’s Brooklyn Collection and becoming the most expansive catalogue of Brooklyn history in the world. 

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The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) is housed at 128 Pierrepont Street, in the magnificent landmark building designed by George B. Post that was home to Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Long Island Historical Society before it, for nearly 140 years. While its home is on Pierrepont Street, CBH extends its collection and programming to reach every branch in BPL’s 60+ library system. CBH will democratize access to Brooklyn’s history and be dedicated to expanding and diversifying representation of the history of the borough by unifying resources and expertise, and broadening reach and impact. The Center for Brooklyn History will expand the organizations’ virtual public program offerings and launch new digital offerings, provide access to the combined digital archives and continue growing the collections, including both institutions’ collections of oral histories, documents, and artifacts related to Brooklynites’ experiences during COVID. 

While CBH is currently open by appointment only, preparations are in the works to fully reopen our facility to scholars, researchers, students and the public, all free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you to dig into our combined collections, enjoy in-person programming and exhibitions, and visit our more publicly accessible building, with areas for reading and studying, and expanded hours of operation.

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