About the Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
The 115th Street branch of The New York Public Library opened on November 6, 1908 and was built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. Over the past century, the library has evolved into a focal point of community activity, learning, and artistic production. In 2017, the branch adopted its new name in honor of civil rights leader and entertainer Harry Belafonte, whose incredible career illustrates his value for open, free, and equal access to education and opportunity.
Mr. Belafonte's Harlem roots and deep dedication to both social justice and the spread of knowledge make him a perfect namesake for this branch, a beloved part of the community that has strengthened Harlem for over a century.
The three-floor building has a distinctive façade and an enduring elegance that has been called “uncommonly rugged and handsome” by the New York City landmarks book. Designed by McKim, Mead & White in a “rusticated Italian palazzo style,” the building was designated a city landmark in 1967 and a national landmark in 1980.
This library features public computers that can be reserved for 45-minute sessions and unlimited WiFi. Materials for adults and teenagers are located on the main floor, where the library is furnished with wooden display cases positioned along the wall. The children's room is located on the second floor. On the third floor is a community space that is used for after-school programs during the school year.
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