Before borough consolidation in 1898, when the area we live in today was not yet referred to as “The Bronx,” the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room had already been 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 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 more than 125 years ago, and through various programs, lectures and its collections, still serves as an important resource for the entire Bronx.

Attention: The Huntington Free Library is currently closed due to issues related to the current pandemic. We are taking this time to commence our digitization project and to plan new public programming once we are able to open again. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (718) 829-7770 or write to us at We appreciate your patience.

Current Updates at the HFL

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2022 for a day of Bronx history and fun. The HFL will be participating in this year’s Bronx Week festivities with a backyard pop-up benefitting small business and fellow Bronxites. Stop by for a talk on Bronx history, exhibitions, and festivities (beer and food, wink, wink…)

Over the past several months, the Huntington Free Library has received some important donations for its growing archive collections. Since the institution announced it long-awaited digitization project back in October 2020, noted Bronxites have chosen the library for the safekeeping of their historic gems. We thank Bronx historian Thomas X. Casey (bottom left) and former Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr (bottom far right) for their recent donations to the Huntington Free Library’s archive collection and its digitization project.To learn about our digitization project or how to donate, please write to us here.

Our recent toy giveaway on December 22nd was an affair to remember for the ages. We would like to thank Catholic Charites: Homebase, South Speed Fitness, and our donors for making Christmas special for hundreds of children of all ages. Next year will be grander.