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
53rd Street, Manhattan
This bright, new library is inviting oasis of books and learning in the center of Midtown Manhattan.
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Reopened in 2014 after a major renovation featuring a new children’s center and expanded computer and community space.
Stapleton, Staten Island
A modern addition completed in 2013 doubled the size of this more than 100-year-old branch.
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island
This brand-new library opened in 2013, becoming the 13th branch on Staten Island.
Ongoing Major Projects
Midtown Renovation, 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. Learn more on the project website.
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.
Charleston Library, 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 Library, 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 Library, 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.