Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to present The Book of HOV, an installation created by Roc Nation to celebrate the life and work of Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter. One of Brooklyn’s most influential figures, JAY-Z has shaped and consistently redefined hip-hop, music and culture on a global scale.


The Book of HOV features never-before-seen images, art and ephemera from the artist’s archives, providing an unparalleled look at an extraordinary life and career. This free, immersive experience is one of the only installations of its scope to be housed in an active public space and features text, audio and curation by Roc Nation teams and partners.

The exhibition, spread throughout two floors of Central Library, immerses visitors as soon as they walk through the doors. Learn more about each experience in the exhibit at This is history we can’t wait visit this book!

Do I need a ticket?
No, The Book of HOV is free and open to the public during Central Library’s regular hours of operation. Some areas of the exhibition are subject to capacity limits. When the exhibition is at capacity, visitors will have to wait to be admitted to the library.

Do I need a library card to enter?
A library card is not required for entry; however, we are proud to have partnered with Roc Nation to create a set of limited-edition library cards to accompany the exhibit. Learn more about The Book of HOV library cards here.