Machon L’Parnasa: An Interview with Abin Thakuri

The library at Machon L'Parnasa/School for Lifelong Learning
The library at Machon L’Parnasa/Institute for Professional Studies

What is the name of your site and where is it located?

It’s the library for Machon L’Parnasa/Institute for Professional Studies, sometimes referred to as the Boro Park 45th Street library. We’re located in Borough Park neighborhood, which is situated just south of the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, at 1301 45th Street. We are situated between the D and F subway lines, but I usually walk or bike to work. I live not too far away and like to get some extra exercise now that I don’t play soccer every day anymore.

Library Assistant Abin Thakuri
Library Assistant Abin Thakuri

How many years have you been working at this site?

I’ve been here for 11 years. 

What is the history of your site? 

This college was established in 1998 and has remained in the same location since then. Originally, there was a School of Lifelong Learning but it has since moved to 13th avenue and 53rd street.

What is the neighborhood like? Any nearby points of interest?

This site is located in Jewish neighborhood. It’s a mix of residential and small shopping areas. There are several good bakeries and a pizza place up the street near New Utrech & 13th Avenues.  There is also the Borough Park branch of Brooklyn Public library two blocks away.

20160908_161649What programs does your site support? What are the strengths of its collection?

We specialize in business, computer science and the human services, as well as ESL materials. Current programs offered by the college are:

  • Business Management & Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing)
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Human Services
  • Medical Office Coding and Billing
  • Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences

What study spaces and other resources are available at your location?

There is study space for patrons, which is used frequently. It is a happy space with lots of windows, to see outside and let in light. 

What types of duties is staff at your site responsible for?

Most often, I help student learn how to find articles and how to cite their sources. I also frequently need to explain the benefits of libraries, and why you can’t actually (and probably wouldn’t want to) find everything with just Google. Additionally, I fulfill inter-library loan requests, and keep up with lending books and maintaining the collection.

Is there something interesting or unique about your site? Anything else you’d like to add?

There are two different entrances and different library hours for men and women. On Mondays through Thursdays, the space is reserved for men from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm and for women from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm. We are also open on Sundays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. So come and visit. 

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