Brooklyn Public Library Hurricane Sandy Relief FAQ


The following is a list of items that are continuously needed. Donated supplies will be collected and dropped-off to local community partners throughout Brooklyn, who will distribute them to individuals in need. The Red Hook branch will also distribute limited supplies. Supplies will be collected through Friday, November 23. Visit for further information!:

  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable Foods (baby formula, canned foods)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all sizes
  • New blankets (comforters/sleeping bags)
  • New towels and wash cloths
  • New unopened packages of socks, thermals & underwear
  • Hygiene Products (baby wipes, diapers, & sanitary napkins)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, disposable wipes, razors, shaving cream soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, antibacterial hand sanitizer)
  • Contractor garbage bags & heavy-duty extension cords
  • Cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, wipes, sprays, gloves)

Currently BPL is only accepting donations at the following locations:

Thank you to everyone who has donated goods and volunteered their time! So many folks remain without heat and electricity; there is still much work to be done…

UPDATE: The Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street) will act as a Warming Center from 10AM – 8PM today, Friday 11/9/12 (and hopefully, continuously until power is restored fully in the area). Food and warm drinks will be available. AT&T is providing free Wi-Fi service on Friday (BPL’s computers and wifi have been impacted by the storm). For more information, visit and/or’s Warming Center page.

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