Brooklyn Public Library expands passport center, shortens lines
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Getting a passport can be a drag, but Brooklyn Public Library is making it much easier with an expanded passport center at the Central Library in Prospect Heights.
While passports can still be processed at many post offices across Brooklyn, the library offers more services, longer hours and shorter lines.
Passport applicants can even browse the stacks while waiting; a paging system will alert them when their paperwork is ready.
The newly renovated passport center includes a larger space, with a 15-person waiting room; more staff; easier access to publications and forms; computers for applicants to fill out forms electronically; and longer hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
BPL also announced plans to open a second passport center at the Kings Highway branch later this summer.
“We’re happy to be able to provide a convenient and centrally-located facility for Brooklynites to apply for passports, and thrilled to make this process more efficient and pleasant in our newly upgraded passport center,” said Linda E. Johnson, BPL’s President & CEO.
The library’s passport center is already a hit. Since opening in May of 2011, BPL has processed 21,000 passport applications and 7,000 photos.
BPL’s service is for a new U.S. passport or passport card only, not passport renewals. (More details here: http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/passport)
The passport center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.