Broome County Public Library

185 Court Street
Binghamton, New York 13901
Phone: 607-778-6400

Broome County Public Library


The Broome County Public Library opened in October 1904. Originally called the Binghamton Public Library, it was created with a gift of $75,000 from Andrew Carnegie. The building was designed to serve as both a public library and a community center. On the first floor was a collection of 14,000 books and the second floor housed the library's auditorium, the Binghamton Museum of Fine Arts (now part of Roberson Museum) and the Broome County Historical Society.

Broome County Public Library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Serving food at the Broome County Urban League Festival

Images of African Americans in Broome County, including photographs of the activities of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality.

Bowers Collection

This extensive glass-plate collection contains the work of Franck Taylor Bowers (1875-1932) a Broome County artist and photographer.

Binghamton Boys Club Planting Trees

Photographs from clubs around Broome County.

Poor Farm Truck and Workers

Images from the Broome County Poor Farm located in Dickinson, also referred to as the Broome County Almshouse.  It opened in 1833 and closed in the 1960s.

Binghamton High School Class of 1922 “Notables”

Photographs of schools and classrooms around Broome County.

Large crowd of people in different national costumes

Photographs and ephemera showing the many cultural backgrounds of the greater Binghamton area.

Temple Israel Graduation Group

Photographs from the Jewish community of Broome County.

Endicott Johnson Workers Public Market

Photographs of workers and working conditions in Broome County.