Branch Map

Branch Hours

Getting Here

To 169th St Station

Numerous Buses Go To The 165th Street Bus Terminal

From the West: Take the Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway to the Grand Central Parkway east. Exit GCP at Parsons Blvd. Take service road to the light (Parsons.) Turn right; continue south to Hillside Ave. Make a left onto Hillside and continue to Merrick Blvd, turn right. Drive two blocks down, the Library entrance is between 89th and 90th Aves.

For directions from other locations please contact Telephone Reference at 718-990-0714/0728/0778.


Metered parking is available near the library on Merrick Boulevard, 89th Avenue and 90th Avenue, as well as other streets in the neighborhood.
Public parking is available at Jamaica First parking lots on 90th Avenue between Merrick Blvd and 168th and 169th Streets.

Branch Collections

International Language Collections at Central Library include:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Marathi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Central Library contains nearly one million volumes of materials in comprehensive subject collections, and more than 800 titles of academic and professional journals and magazines, as well as professional indices and abstracts. These include: