Entry Detail

    Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (PASSPORT OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED ON JULY 10, 2017)
    Street:
    Grand Army Plaza
    Phone:
    718-230-2100
    Description:

    (You must pick up a ticket at the children's reference desk to participate and you must be on time)

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Jul-2017
    Subject:  ISO: Recommendations for passport photos for newborns/infants
    Comment:  You can do it at the library too. All you need is hold your baby/newborn fairly straight while they take the picture.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Jul-2017
    Subject:  ISO: Recommendations for passport photos for newborns/infants
    Comment:  If you go to the Brooklyn public library , they take pictures right there!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Re: Where to take passport pictures?
    Comment:  I second having it done right at the Brooklyn Central Library passport office. They rejected our first set of pictures taken elsewhere. It's $15, but at least you know they'll accept the photo, which saves you time and hassle!And when going in to apply for the passport, I'd recommend showing up at least an hour before closing. They can be sticklers about taking people too close to closing time, and they don't accept new folks 30 minutes before closing. Brandi
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Where to take passport pictures?
    Comment:  At Brooklyn library on Grand Army Plaza you can apply for a passport and they make passport pictures at the same time.Bring a white blanket - we ended up having Annabelle’s picture taken in her stroller!No need to make an appointment.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Shout out for Central Library at GAP!
    Comment:   We went to the Grand Army PLaza on December 30th to renew our daughter's passport. It was pretty empty around 345pm.I had all my documentation except for the birth certificate. I had my husband email it to me and was able to print out a copy at one of the computer stations.My daughter had to retake her passport photos because the ones we took at Walgreens were a little questionable in size(I am going back to Walgreen for refund). She retook her photos and within 20 minutes we were done processing her paperwork.I could not believe how easy it was and to boot we received her newly renewed passport yesterday! and this was without expediting it which we almost did because her school needed her passport info by Jan. 29th.The process was fast and easy. I definitely recommend renewing at GAP Library.Make sure you have all your documents in order and it will be a breeze!!
    Reviewed by
    On 02-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Meeting/Conference Rooms at the Library
    Comment:  If you have a library card you can reserve meeting rooms at the Brooklyn Public Library through their online system. Someone I recently talked to started a Poetry Writing Circle and is using these rooms to meet once a month.Here’s more info:http://www.bklynlibrary.org/central/using-information-commons-meeting-room-reservation-systemThought I would pass that on as another option for meeting rooms for a small number of folks. They even have a recording studio.There’s also a slightly larger meeting room at the Park Slope Library you can use for meetings as well.
    Reviewed by
    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Re: good local cafe to work in (besides kos kaffe)
    Comment:   BPL Central library - loved loved(July 2014)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 11-May-2014
    Subject:  Re: passport at the library?
    Comment:  We did this recently and had to wait for a bit over an hour. This was a bit hard with our three young kids (two are 18 months) because they ask you to be quiet and no food is allowed in the room (so no use of cheerios as hush money). Both my husband and I were there so he took the younger kids to the children's library, which was close to the passport room, while I waited with the older one (who played on the iphone) for them to call our name. We went a bit later than I intended so lines were probably shorter earlier in the morning. Otherwise everything went very smoothly.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 11-May-2014
    Subject:  Re: passport at the library?
    Comment:  We had a great experience - they gave us a vibrating thingy (A bit like shake shack!) to alert us when they were ready, we sat in the cafe for a while and then one of the officers who was greeting people and getting them signed in helped entertain my daughter while we waited. The only screw up was that I turned up with only a bank card the first time - they will only takes checks or money orders there - should have read the small print...
    Reviewed by
    On 13-Jan-2014
    Subject:  Re: Advice for passport photo for infant?
    Comment:  I second the library for photos. We went to Duane Reade and got photos but when we went to the library we were told that they were not right. We ended up retaking them and paying again. Waste of time and money.
    Reviewed by
    On 13-Jan-2014
    Subject:  Re: Advice for passport photo for infant?
    Comment:  The grand army plaza library is the best for this. We Got our daughters' passport there when she was 10 weeks old and it was so quick and painless. They charge $10 to take the picture. I would just suggest getting the forms from online and having them ready when you go.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Easiest way to get passport for baby
    Comment:  The Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (at Grand Army) just started a passport service. We just did it for our little one. They have the paperwork you need to fill out, will take the photo for you and mail it. You do need to send an original birth certificate so make sure you don't need it for a while or get an official copy (we did through a service advertised when we got our original).Both parents need to be there, you need to pay by check ( no cash) and bring a completely white swaddle blanket for the photo- otherwise you'll have to hold your little in the air by the but and neck for the photo.(August 2012)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Photographer for baby passport photo
    Comment:  We did the whole passport shebang--photo included--at the Grand Army Plaza public library. You will need a money order for part of it--might be a good idea to call ahead (or look online) for that info. Bon voyage!(March 2013)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Passport advice...
    Comment:  Go to the Brooklyn Library. They are now processing passports. We went there recently for our 16 month old's passport. It was very quick and efficient. No appointment necessary. Also open Sat and Sun. Check their website. You can print and complete the forms from the government website before you go to make it even quicker. They take photos there but we got ours done at a shop on 7th ave beforehand.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Passport advice...
    Comment:  I would not count on the photo service; it was not operating when we went (I already had photos just in case, along with all the necessary paperwork). Otherwise, the experience was very easy and quick.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Passport advice...
    Comment:  Ditto the central library!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 20-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Passport advice...
    Comment:  I had an extremely positive experience getting my kiddo a new passport at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (at Grand Army Plaza). There was a short wait but we were in and out within 45 minutes. I've heard they will give you a pager so you can explore the library if there is a longer wait. They will take photos for $10 which I thought was extremely reasonable. They were also very patient with my squirmy 16-month-old.Bring an original birth certificate, proper ID for parents/guardians, and both parents/guardians.Here's the site for more info:http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/passport/
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 05-Jul-2013
    Subject:  Where's the best place for a freelancer to work from?
    Comment:  Check out this article about new space at the Central Library: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/at-brooklyn-librarys-new-center-books-are-secondary/
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 10-Mar-2013
    Comment:  Recommended by PSP Member without review