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Midtown Campus Renovation

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Stephen A Schwarzman Building, Mid-Manhattan Librar, Bryant Park Collection Storage


“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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Tell Us What's Important To You!

As the New York Public Library develops plans for its Midtown Campus we want to know what kinds of programs, services, and spaces you'd like to see at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Mid-Manhattan Library.


Please share what's important to you by taking a brief survey.


Our Goals

  • 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

A Midtown Campus

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.


Mid-Manhattan Library

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

Stephen A. Schwarzman

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

Bryant Park Collection Storage

Superior preservation under Bryant Park means:

  • Capacity for as many books as ever onsite (4 million total)
  • Cost savings of $24 million, providing more resources for collections, programs, and staff

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