331 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009
Fully Accessible
Temporarily Closed

Tompkins Square Library will be closed for approximately three months, beginning April 24, to facilitate improvements to the building. The branch is expected to reopen in July 2023.

During this temporary closure, patrons are encouraged to use the following nearby branches:

All items on hold after April 24 may be picked up at Ottendorfer Library. Future holds can be sent to an alternative location.


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Interior view of Tompkins Square

The Tompkins Square Branch of The New York Public Library has been serving residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1904. Opening in 1887 as the Fifth Street Branch of the Aguilar Free Library, the branch relocated three times before moving to its present site facing Tompkins Square Park. Traditionally, Tompkins Square has served varied ethnic populations, including German, Italian, Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian, and, since the 1960s, a thriving arts community.

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