Brooklyn Public Library – The Book of Hov Exhibition

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced the first-week success of The Book of Hov, an exhibit created by Roc Nation to celebrate the life and work of Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter. During the exhibit’s opening week, nearly 4,000 people signed up for Brooklyn Public Library cards at Central and Marcy libraries, where limited-edition Jay-Z cards are currently being offered.

In addition to the increase in library card sign-ups, The Book of Hov’s opening week witnessed a surge in visitors to Central Library, with more than 39,000 people attending between Friday, July 14 and Thursday, July 20- almost five times the average number of visitors. During opening weekend, the number of checked-out items at Central and Marcy Libraries increased by nearly 10 percent from the previous weekend.

In conjunction with The Book of Hov, Brooklyn Public Library and Roc Nation created 13 limited-edition library cards, each featuring art from an iconic JAY-Z album—from Reasonable Doubt to 4:44.

The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Volume 2... Hard Knock Life
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card The Blueprint
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card The Black Album
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Reasonable Doubt
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card In My Lifetime Volume One
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Dynasty
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Magna Carta Holy Grail
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Blueprint 2
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Blueprint 3
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card American Gangster
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Volume 3: Life and Times of S. Carter
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card 4:44
The Book of Hov Brooklyn Public Library card Kingdom Come

The Book Of HOV is a tribute exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, recognizing Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter’s extraordinary journey from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects to global figure.

The multimedia exhibit explores JAY-Z’s global impact as a musician, innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

The Book Of HOV presents thousands of archived objects, including original recording masters, never-before-seen photos, iconic stage wear, prestigious awards and recognitions, as well as videos and artifacts from every facet on JAY-Z’s professional life. Our goal, with The Book of HOV tribute exhibition, is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at a Hall of Fame songwriter and performer, successful business person, and a consequential philanthropist who has never forgotten the lessons he learned on the road to success. And the borough where his journey began.

Always bet on yourself.

Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.7 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book. 

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