A library of sketchbooks
BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY
A FREE MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN TOUCH THE ART
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries. Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online with search terms, an artist bio and other unique content. Every single sketchbook that is sent back to us is cataloged and placed on our shelves for visitors to view. That means you, as a visitor of Brooklyn Art Library, can search for just about anything you can think of, from the thousands of search terms our participants have logged. One of our librarians will then pull the book down for you and allow you to hold and flip through it.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Visiting Brooklyn Art Library is a practice in accepting randomness. We encourage you to let the process happen and see what you discover. Oftentimes visitors will be surprised by the most unassuming books, the ones with blank covers and original binding. There are thousands of stories created by people from all over the world, all with something unique to share.
“In part because of its far-flung contributors, the collection is astonishing in its breadth… ”
— “The New Yorker” Jordan Kisner
EVENTS FOR THE ART NERD
EVENTS, SURROUNDED BY SKETCHBOOKS
Weddings, filmingS, engagements and more
Located on a quiet street in Williamsburg, our library has towering white shelves housing our thousands of sketchbooks, white painted brick, high ceilings, and black exposed beams that come together for a hip industrial ambience. The warmth and personality of the rows of sketchbooks create a distinctive pattern and artistic aesthetic unique to our venue. Brooklyn Art Library is ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement photo sessions, and more.
Brooklyn Art Library has 1200 sq. ft. of usable space, 14 ft. ceilings, and roll-up double door access for load-in. We also have available for use an assortment of 90 chairs, several tables, a photo booth, speakers and DJ set up, garment racks, and string lights. Located in the a notoriously hip Brooklyn neighborhood, we’re easily accessible via the L and G trains and close to tons of great restaurants and bars.
Need more info? Email our events manager via the link below
A COMMUNITY SPACE
WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
Want to host an intimate workshop or class? Our brand new Community Space is available seven days a week for both day and evening events!
Brooklyn Art Library’s Community Space can be used for small workshops, classes, talks and all sorts of intimate gatherings. We’ll supply the shelves of sketchbooks, tables, chairs and good vibes! Our Community Space is also accessible for educational and group tours, a space to relax and connect with the limitless amount of sketchbooks to peruse.