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Before The Bronx was “The” Bronx, the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room has been open to the public, serving the community.

Opened on October 17, 1891 and incorporated in 1892 by railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington for the then Town of Westchester, the Huntington Free Library was created “to provide a place where all persons without distinction of race or creed may assemble for the purpose of reading, study, education and self improvement.”

The Huntington Free Library has kept to the edict issued by Collis Huntington 125 years ago, and through various programs, lectures and its collections still serves as an important resource for the entire Bronx.