In 1902, The New York Public Library began providing services to the Inwood neighborhood in collaboration with the Dyckman Library. Twenty-one years later NYPL expanded its presence in the area when it opened sub-branches in a private house, the study hall of the old George Washington High School, and in two other locations. Finally, in 1952, the branch moved into its present location, a three-story building on Broadway just north of Dyckman Street.
A renovation through the Library's Adopt-a-Branch program was completed in 2001, making the branch accessible to people who use wheelchairs. An expansion of the southeast corner provided a separate reference room on the first floor and a large reading room for toddlers on the second. Upgraded air-conditioning, an elevator, and 16 computer workstations were also added.
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