The Othmer Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society
This past weekend, I went on a Big Onion Walking Tour of Historic Brooklyn Heights. The tour ended at the Brooklyn Historical Society where we received a very brief orientation of the Othmer Library. This particular library has the largest collection of materials about Brooklyn, in addition to other historical documents about Long Island, the state of New York, and the United States. The collection includes oral histories, manuscripts, and photographic materials. While it was mentioned that a number of historians come to this library to do research, many others come to search the extensive collections for genealogical records and information about the buildings in which they now reside in Brooklyn.
The library is open Wednesday-Friday, from 1 PM-5 PM, with one Thursday every month having extended hours. The library is located on the second floor of the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Admission prices do apply–ordinarily this is $6 for adults and $4 for students and teachers, but Columbia students can also get in for free through Columbia’s Passport to New York.