Visit the Othmer Library

Hours and Admission

Phone: 347-381-3708

The Othmer Library is open to the public Wednesdays - Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

August Reading Room Closure

The Othmer Library Reading Room will be closed to the public for the month of August. During this period, you may reach library staff by phone or email to request research guidance, to inquire about making a donation, or to obtain image reproductions. If you have an urgent research request, please contact Cecily Dyer, Reference Librarian, at

Admission to the library is included with Museum admission. For upcoming closures, directions, and suggested admissions rates, see our general information page


What to Expect

All BHS collections are non-circulating, meaning they cannot be checked out or taken home. Plan accordingly!

To help prepare for your visit to Brooklyn Historical Society:


We have small lockers available at no cost that measure 17” x 12” x 11”
We have a limited number (4) of tall lockers that measure 17” x 12” x 33”
You may sign out a locker key at no cost from the Admissions Desk on the first floor. Please check your personal items in the lockers (located near the ground floor) before entering the library on the 2nd floor.