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Capital Projects: Building for You


For more than a century, NYPL has made neighborhoods stronger with our 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Today, we're creating library spaces that meet our users ever-changing needs–from computer access to classes for kids and adults. Over the past 10 years, we have invested more than $250 million in capital improvements systemwide, with many more projects underway.

Recently Completed Projects

Kingsbridge, The Bronx

This larger, state-of-the-art library opened in 2011 to replace an outdated branch across the street.

Mariners Harbor, Staten Island

This brand-new library opened in 2013, becoming the 13th branch on Staten Island.

Stapleton, Staten Island

A modern addition completed in 2013 doubled the size of this more than 100-year-old branch.

Washington Heights, Manhattan

Reopened in 2014 after a major renovation featuring a new children’s center and expanded computer and community space.

Ongoing Major Projects

53rd Street, Manhattan

Construction is in progress on this three-story, 28,000-square-foot library, which is expected to open in summer 2016 and will be one of NYPL’s largest branches. The library boasts an award-winning design and will offer a rich variety of public reading and meeting spaces, a family and children’s area, state-of-the-art computer labs, an audio-video collection, and more.

Midtown Campus, Manhattan

NYPL is currently engaged in early program development for the renovation of NYPL’s largest circulating branch, Mid-Manhattan Library. The project will also double public space in the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, creating synergies between the two buildings and a vibrant source of opportunity, knowledge, and information in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Milstein Research Stacks

To improve services for researchers and safeguard our world-renowned collections, the Library is working to dramatically increase our storage capacity beneath Bryant Park. The expansion of the Milstein Research Stacks will double our underground storage while providing an improved preservation environment for our collections.

A New Branch on Staten Island

The City is transforming 42 vacant acres of property in Staten Island into a vibrant community hub, complete with two new retail centers, park space, housing and a much-needed, 10,000-square-foot neighborhood library. NYPL is in the early development stages for the branch on Staten Island's west shore.

Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

NYPL is building a new, larger building to replace this branch. The 5,200-square-foot building, which will add much-needed public programming space, will more than double the current building. View a schematic design presentation and public survey results presented at a January 14 public meeting. Opening expected in late 2017 / early 2018.

Schomburg Center, Manhattan

Following a major renovation in 2007, the Schomburg Center is now undergoing a $20 million improvement project featuring an updated facade, auditorium, gift shop, a new gallery space, and several new reading rooms.

Westchester Square, The Bronx

The Westchester Square community is getting a new and improved 12,000-square-foot branch to replace its current library. The new branch will feature spaces for adults, teens, and children, full ADA accessibility, and a beautiful, glass-front design. Construction will begin in 2016.

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