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Research & Collections

Researchers of all ages discover history in our landmark library.

Brooklyn Historical Society collects, preserves, and makes accessible the world’s most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture. The collections foster new and cutting-edge scholarship; support public learning and research; and enrich BHS’s exhibitions, educational activities, and public programming.

Research Hours

The Othmer Library Reading Room will be closed during the month of August. During this period, you may continue to reach library staff at [email protected] regarding research guidance, donations, or image reproductions.

Research Hours

The Othmer Library Reading Room will be closed during the month of August. During this period, you may continue to reach library staff at [email protected] regarding research guidance, donations, or image reproductions.

Research Guides

Research guides help our visitors find relevant archival collections on many different subjects.

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Research Guides

Research guides help our visitors find relevant archival collections on many different subjects.

Learn more