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Midtown Campus Renovation


Mid Manhattan Library and the Stephen A Schwarzman Building

“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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  • Create an improved space for Mid-Manhattan Library, our largest circulating branch
  • Provide a superior storage environment for our research collections in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Expand public access to the iconic Schwarzman Building



The New York Public Library is developing a plan to create a vibrant midtown campus that will deliver the full spectrum of NYPL services, collections, and expertise.


A fully renovated Mid-Manhattan allows us to:

  • Develop inspiring, comfortable spaces for browsing, borrowing, working, and hosting programs at our busiest branch library
  • Host one of NYPL’s largest Adult Education Centers, featuring technology training, English classes, and employment help
  • During construction, maintain Mid-Manhattan's services for its 1.4 million annual visits, 50% of which come from outside Manhattan


A vastly more accessible Schwarzman Building creates: 

  • 50% more public space by moving staff into nearby offices
  • Newly accessible areas designed for scholars, writers, and creators
  • A reintegrated Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) with collections and innovative services for businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and job seekers
  • An Education Corridor for children, teens, and teachers
  • Double the exhibition space, including a Treasures exhibition in Gottesman Hall


Superior preservation under Bryant Park means:

  • Capacity for as many books as ever onsite (4 million total)
  • Requests will be available from under Bryant Park within 30 minutes
  • Cost savings of $24 million, providing more resources for collections, programs, and staff