The New York Public Library’s Midtown Campus will bring together the full spectrum of offerings available across NYPL—from circulating and research services to business resources and educational programs for all ages. Together, the campus will provide more public library space than is currently available in Midtown, longer hours, and enhanced access to the Library’s collections, technology, and staff expertise.
In September 2015, the Library announced that the architecture firm Mecanoo will lead the project, which will begin with an interior renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library.
The project includes a major renovation of Mid-Manhattan Library, our most heavily used circulating branch; the creation of more public space and amenities at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; and a superior and expanded storage environment for the Library’s world-renowned research collections beneath Bryant Park.
New Programs & Services
The new Midtown Campus will expand resources and classes for the Library’s broad array of users. This will include services and spaces for researchers, scholars, and creators; areas for adult education, English language classes, technology training, and employment help; and educational resources for families, students, and teachers.
Throughout planning for the Midtown Campus Renovation, The New York Public Library is committed to soliciting public input. We have conducted online and on-site surveys, held in-depth meetings with a wide range of external experts (including the Library’s Research Advisory Group); undertaken extensive research and analysis of usage trends, peer institutions, and best practices in visitor experience; and hosted a public planning session, where participants provided feedback on research, circulating, education, and business services.
“The library has never been more heavily used or more deeply needed. Making the right decisions about how to renovate and integrate our midtown campus is just a part of the larger endeavor of positioning the New York Public Library system for the future—but it’s a part we had to get right.”
— NYPL President Tony Marx, op-ed in Library Journal
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