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Reimagining the Library for the Future: Projected Timeline

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Children's Center at 42nd Street. Photo: Peter Aaron/ESTO.Children's Center at 42nd Street. Photo: Peter Aaron/ESTO.

March 2008 NYPL announces its proposal to renovate the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to feature double the amount of public space and a vast circulating library. NYPL announces the donation of $100 million from Stephen A. Schwarzman toward the plan.
 
 
October 2008 NYPL selects award-winning architect Norman Foster to oversee the reimagining of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.
 

Stapleton Library. Photo: Andrew Berman Architects.Stapleton Library. Photo: Andrew Berman Architects.

November 2008 The new Children’s Center at 42nd Street reopens on the Ground Floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, bringing circulating collections to the iconic Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street Library for the first time in decades.

 
April 2009 NYPL opens the brand-new Grand
Central Library in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
The branch features three dozen public computers,
a “laptop bar,” space for community events,
comfortable lounge chairs, and Teen Central,
a vibrant teen center.
 
Mariners Harbor Library. Photo: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani Architects Planners LLP.Mariners Harbor Library. Photo: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani Architects Planners LLP.
 
April 2009 NYPL opens Job Search Central at the
Science, Industry and Business Library at Madison
Avenue and East 34th Street, uniting in one center
a full range of free resources for job seekers, from
resume help to career coaching and online
job-search databases.
 
 
August 2009 Library and local officials celebrate
plans to expand and renovate NYPL’s Stapleton Library
on Staten Island with a ground-breaking ceremony.

 

September 2009 Library and local officials host a Battery Park City Library. Photo: Julie Stapen.Battery Park City Library. Photo: Julie Stapen.groundbreaking ceremony for the brand-new Mariners Harbor Library on Staten Island.

 
February 2010 The St. Agnes Library on the Upper West Side, an original Carnegie Library, reopens to the public after a major renovation.
 
 
March 2010 The brand-new Battery Park City Library opens to the public in Lower Manhattan. The state-of-the-art Library was constructed with a focus on environmental sustainability and was the first “green”
Library in Manhattan.
 

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Photo: Sean Scanlin.Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Photo: Sean Scanlin.

April 2010 NYPL opens its new Library Services Center in Long Island City, providing the Library with its first central location for distributing and preserving library materials. The four-level, technologically advanced facility features one of the largest automated sorters of library materials in the world.

 

May 2010 The High Bridge Library in the Bronx
reopens to the public after a major renovation.
An additional 2,100 square feet was added,
expanding the location’s adult and children
rooms, creating a new community room, and
adding 34 new public-access computers.
 

Kingsbridge Library. Photo: Kathy Saeed.Kingsbridge Library. Photo: Kathy Saeed.

August 2010 The Grand Concourse Library in the Bronx opens its newly renovated Children’s Room.
 
 
February 2011 The historic, three-year project to restore and preserve the marble facade of the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is completed.
 
 
June 2011 NYPL opens its brand-new Kingsbridge
Library in the Bronx. The 12,600-square-foot library
becomes the first branch in the system to feature
a green roof that catches and reuses rain water.
 

The Teen Center at Hamilton Grange Library. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan.The Teen Center at Hamilton Grange Library. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan.

October 2011 NYPL opens its first Teen Center in northern Manhattan at the Hamilton Grange Library. The center serves the neighborhoods of Harlem, Washington Heights, and Hamilton Heights — where nearly one-third of the population is under 19.
 
 
February 2012 The Library’s Board of Trustees
approves the start of schematic designs for
the reimagining of the Stephen A. Schwarzman
Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street by
the architecture firm Foster + Partners.
 

Jefferson Market Library. Photo: Dani Piderman.Jefferson Market Library. Photo: Dani Piderman.

February 2012 The Library launches a citywide public dialogue about NYPL’s plan for the future, including the reimagining of the Schwarzman Building, to elicit feedback from New Yorkers about what they would like to see.
 
 
Summer 2012 A major facade renovation of the Jefferson Market Library will be completed.
 
 
Fall 2012 The Stapleton Library on Staten Island will reopen after complete renovations.
 

Spring 2013 The brand-new Mariners Harbor Library will open on Staten Island.

 

Spring 2013 The Washington Heights Library in Upper Manhattan will reopen after a major renovation.  

2013 Pending various approvals, NYPL hopes
to begin Mariners Harbor Library. Photo: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani Architects Planners LLP.Mariners Harbor Library. Photo: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani Architects Planners LLP.renovation of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

 
 

2015 NYPL’s former Donnell Library is scheduled to reopen to the public.

 

201718 Rough estimate for the reopening of the proposed reimagined Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

 
 
Note: Future dates in the timeline are projected estimates and will be frequently updated. 

 

We want to hear from YOU! Join the conversation about NYPL’s plan to build the Library for the Future and let us know what is important to you. Don’t forget to check back often for more information and for more ways to contribute input. You can also sign up for NYPL News, the Library's monthly e-newsletter, to get updates on this project and other Library happenings.

 

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