Sunset Park

Brooklyn Public Library opens interim branch in book-starved Sunset Park

May 16, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The new branch is inside the Sunset Park Courthouse, also home to Community Board 7. Photo by Gregg Richards
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Sunset Park book lovers rejoice — you have a library again.

The Brooklyn Public Library formally cut the ribbon on Tuesday on a gorgeous interim branch inside the old Sunset Park Court House on Fourth Avenue at 42nd Street to serve readers and internet-surfers while the neighborhood’s main branch is undergoing renovations that began last month.

Tuesday’s unveiling had a celebratory air, with the neighborhood’s City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca reading “Edward Gets Messy” to kids, and Rep. Nydia Velazquez getting a first-hand look at a 30-computer self-service laptop checkout station.

The airy, bright interior space was designed by Leroy Street Studio “to meet the need of the patrons at one of the borough’s busiest branches,” the library system said in a statement.

Menchaca liked what he saw.

“The interim space … gives us everything we wanted and will be staffed by our long-cherished local librarians,” said the councilmember.

The Interim Library will remain in service until 2020, when the permanent Sunset Park Library on Fourth Avenue at 51st Street, is slated to reopen.

The new branch will have the same hours as the former library: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10  a.m.-5 p.m. The branch is closed Sundays.


The light and airy space was designed by Leroy Street Studio. Photo by Gregg Richards

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