New York - Chatham Square Branch Library

33 East Broadway


The Chatham Square Branch opened in 1903 at 33 East Broadway, replacing a branch of the New York Free Circulating Library that had served the neighborhood for four years. The building, designed by the distinguished New York architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, features a handsome facade. It was the second library to be constructed with funds from Andrew Carnegie. From its earliest days, the branch has always been an integral part of the Chinese neighborhood it serves. Today, it acts as a cultural and civic center for a community of avid readers and is one of the busiest libraries in the city. A complete renovation with remodeled interior was completed in 2001 as part of the Library's Adopt-a-Branch program. Highlights include restoration of historic detail, a new elevator, air conditioning, and a high-speed telecommunications system for 24 computer workstations.

The first floor, with the original floor to ceiling windows and striking wood details, holds the adult, young adult, and reference collections. The second floor is devoted to the children's collection, with cheerful, pint-sized furnishings. The third floor contains a bright, spacious community room as well as an all new children's story room. The lower level contains the Chinese Heritage Collection, a unique repository of books, reports, documents, videos and other materials in English and Chinese.


Wendy Roman

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
As a preschool teacher at Transfiguration School I use the library for my class monthly. I have visited it for years. The staff of the children's division are excellent, creative, and very willing to plan for our visit. They have an excellent early childhood program. The children have loved visiting them for the past 10 years. The families who live locally report the librarians remember our children and give them special attention.

Valerie Wong

Monday, July 10, 2017
The staff are friendly and helpful. It can become really crowded at times and so it can sometimes be hard to find a seat. Whenever it is crowded and it does get a little loud, the staff is always there to remind everyone to quiet down. It is also very spacious library.

Darren Chen

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
Wonderful library. I have had straight A because I get information from. Very good experience.

Lucy Lopez

Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Anthony Mayo

Monday, July 31, 2017
So many great books to choose from.