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Capital Projects: Building for You


For more than a century, NYPL has made neighborhoods stronger with our 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Today, we're creating library spaces that meet our users ever-changing needs–from computer access to classes for kids and adults. Over the past 10 years, we have invested more than $250 million in capital improvements systemwide, with many more projects underway.

Recently Completed Projects

Kingsbridge, The Bronx

This larger, state-of-the-art library opened in 2011 to replace an outdated branch across the street.

Mariners Harbor, Staten Island

This brand-new library opened in 2013, becoming the 13th branch on Staten Island.

Stapleton, Staten Island

A modern addition completed in 2013 doubled the size of this more than 100-year-old branch.

Washington Heights, Manhattan

Reopened in 2014 after a major renovation featuring a new children’s center and expanded computer and community spaces.

Ongoing Major Projects

53rd Street, Manhattan

Construction is in progress on this three-story, 28,000-square-foot library, which is expected to open in late 2015 and will be one of NYPL’s largest branches. The library boasts an award-winning design and will offer a rich variety of public reading and meeting spaces, a family and children’s area, state-of-the-art computer labs, an audio-video collection, and more.

Midtown Campus, Manhattan

NYPL is currently engaged in early program development for the renovation of NYPL’s largest circulating branch, Mid-Manhattan Library. The project will also double public space in the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, creating synergies between the two buildings and a vibrant source of opportunity, knowledge, and information in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

A New Branch on Staten Island

The city’s Economic Development Corporation is transforming 42 vacant acres of waterfront property in Staten Island into a vibrant community center, complete with retail and a much-needed, 10,000-square-foot neighborhood library. NYPL is in the early development stages for the branch on Staten Island's south shore.

Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

NYPL is building a new, larger building to replace this branch. The 5,200-square-foot building, which will add much-needed public programming space, will more than double the current building. Opening expected in early 2017.

Schomburg Center, Manhattan

Following a major renovation completed in 2007, the Schomburg Center is now undergoing an additional $15 million improvement project featuring a two-story addition and renovations to the second floor reading room, rare book storage, and the facade, including exterior LCD screens.

Westchester Square, The Bronx

The Westchester Square community is getting a new and improved 12,000-square-foot branch to replace its current library. The new branch will feature spaces for adults, teens, and children, full ADA accessibility, and a beautiful, glass-front design. Construction will begin in 2016.