Visit the Othmer Library

Hours and Admission

Please note: the Othmer Library will be CLOSED to the public Monday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 31. We will reopen on Thursday, September 1.

Beginning Monday, August 1 and ending Wednesday, August 31, the Othmer Library will be closed to research visits. During this time, Library & Archives Staff are working on several projects to enhance collection access and public services. You may still email our reference staff for general inquiries and we will answer your question in the order it was received. During this closure period, we will also be taking appointment requests for September.

For other questions about this closure, please send an email to the
Managing Director.

The Othmer Library is open to the public Wednesdays - Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. All BHS collections are non-circulating, meaning they cannot be checked out or taken home. Plan accordingly!

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

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.