Now that its amnesty program for overdue fines has ended, the Brooklyn Public Library is facilitating its debtors’ escapes: the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, in conjunction with the state department, began to offer passport services today—the first library in the city to do so, the Carroll Gardens Patch reports. The new service trumps similar services at post offices because the library service will remain open after local post offices (and the Kings County clerks office) have closed, and it will be open seven days a week. Also, the post office sucks, and libraries are cool.
The library thinks the program will benefit the immigrant communities it serves. “We heard about it being offered at other libraries in other cities, so we reached out to the State Department to see how we could get one set up for our library,” the library’s interim executive director told Patch. “It seemed to be a natural fit for us, but it might not be a fit for other public libraries.”