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 Huntington, and through various programs, lectures and its collections, the library still serves as an important resource for the entire Bronx.

Attention: The Huntington Free Library is now open by reservation only. Please contact us at (718) 829-7770 or write to us at We appreciate your patience and look forward to working with you.

Upcoming Events at the HFL

HDC’s Six to Celebrate – The Historic Districts Council (HDC) invites you to an in-person event to discuss how to assist Bronx neighborhoods advance their preservation goal. If you are interested in learning about the preservation-related priorities of different communities, come hear from previous participants about their experiences with this program, their achievements, and their current priorities in terms of preserving the historic treasures of their neighborhood. The conversation will be led and moderated by Angel Hernandez and Samuel Brooks, co-chars of HDC’s Bronx Borough Landmarks Committee. Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 7:00PM

C.P. Huntington’s Oddities and Curiosities – Fundraiser Birthday – Join us in celebrating the 201st birthday of our beloved library’s benefactor, but with a odd twist. In the spirit of Halloween, we will outfit the library and perhaps host a costume contest! Come with your very own get-up or dressed to the nines – make a fashion splash at our borough’s oldest standing public library. This is event is a fundraiser to help with historic restoration associated costs. For tickets, please visit here. Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 7:00PM – 11:00PM

South Bronx RisingCome meet South Bronx Rising author Jill Jonnes and Bronx activist Nilka Martell as they talk about the book’s updated third edition chronicling the ongoing revival of the South Bronx. Nilka will discuss her role in that revival, especially her proposed capping of the Cross Bronx Expressway. Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 7:00PM

Thanksgiving Holiday Giveaway – Saturday, November 19, 2022 (Time TBA)

Holiday Toy Giveaway – Thursday, December 22, 2022 (Time TBA)