The Brooklyn Public Library has launched a vinyl collection

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The Brooklyn Public Library opened a vinyl collection for teen and adult cardholders to borrow up to three records at a time for three weeks.

Brooklyn Public Library went to dig boxes. The 125-year-old athenaeum launched a new vinyl collection for teen and adult library cardholders to discover, with 400 albums from genres ranging from country, pop, hip-hop, rock, and more. Located in the “New & Noteworthy” room, the collection currently includes notable albums by Erykah Badu, The notorious BIG, JAY Z, Al Green, Prince and others.

Cardholders can take up to three records home for up to three weeks, returning the vinyl to library staff members instead of dropping it in the drop box. For those who don’t wish to check records, listeners can choose to play them on turntable stations with headphones.

“The library, many moons ago, had a vinyl collection and we decided it was time to bring it back,” Jennifer Thompson, assistant director of the central library Told CBS News. “We have all kinds of genres in our collection, from country and pop to new wave and reggae.”

“Especially in Brooklyn, vinyl has made a big comeback,” added Christine Schonhart, director of the Central Library. “A bit of everything, from classics to modern music to New York musicians.”

In addition to the new collection, the library also has programs for vinyl enthusiasts to learn about audio production, music coding and DJing in the fall, as well as ‘August Lunch Beats’ in the central hall where DJs will spin records on August 18 and 25 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.

Jack L. Goldstein