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Telephone Directories at The New York Public Library: Brooklyn

Start Here - Brooklyn

Latest received print directory in Room 108.

Years Title Call number
1909 - 1967 Brooklyn Telephone Directories
Brooklyn Public Library
Residential, classified and city directories
Freely available online
1925 - 1977 Brooklyn White pages *ZAN-13682E [microform]
1929 - 1979 Brooklyn Classified/Yellow pages *ZAN-13682F
1929 - 1980, 1986 Brooklyn Address directories
(no name look-up)
1975 - 2005 Residential and Classified/Yellow Pages.

"Phonefiche + Brooklyn NY + years"
*Not listed in the catalog.
Request at the Reference Desk or by email.

1971 - 2020 Cole's cross reference directory: Brooklyn 
Address or reverse directory (no name look-up)
Print. Request in room 121.
Current Year Reference Solutions
Residential and business. 
Includes historical file for businesses starting with 2003.
Online access with library card
Current Year Brooklyn - Verizon yellow pages, business and residence listings. Freely available online

1. Brooklyn White pages 1925 -1977 *ZAN-13682E [microform].
Prior to 1944 also includes the Brooklyn classified directory. 

2. The early Manhattan reels (1878 -1929) include the various parts of the tri-state area such as Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut. Every reel varies in inclusion. There are some combined reels for Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island covering the 1920s.

Additional Resources

Print directories take a few days to arrive. It's quicker to use the directories on microfilm, listed above.

Brooklyn white pages  (1999 - 2022 with gaps) 
Brooklyn yellow pages (1999 - 2022 with gaps)
Cataloged separately. Offsite - scan requests through catalog.
Library lacks:
Brooklyn white 2007 - 2014, 2016 - 20
Brooklyn yellow 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013 - 2020

United States Telephone Directories 
Call number: ReCAP 12-29922
Brooklyn (1958 - 1992 with gaps, boxes 1757 - 1773)
Collection Guide
The Library also has a large collection of print United States telephone directories stored offsite in numbered boxes. You can locate the box number you need using the collection guide (above) and then place your request for delivery through the Research Catalog.  Please contact staff for scanning requests from this collection. 

How to Place Requests

First, view the catalog record and check the item's location. 
If the location is listed as offsite:
Click on "Request" for the item and select a location for delivery.

If the location is listed as Schwarzman Building or SASB:
Two or more days ahead, please use this form: Advance Request of Research Material
Less than two days, please email us:  

Request in the Library
Requests can also be placed in the Rose Main Reading Room, room 315. Delivery time is about an hour. We recommend requesting in advance. After items arrive, they are held for two weeks. Please email us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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