The Baychester Branch of The New York Public Library has been providing library services to Co-op City and the surrounding community since its opening in 1973. Occupying a single floor the air conditioned library has separate adult, young adult and children's collections. The extensive reference collection includes periodicals, newspapers, and electronic services. A meeting room often used for library programs seats 70. The branch's location in the Bartow Shopping Center, makes the library a very popular resource for community residents and contributes to its being one of the busiest branches in the Bronx.