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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

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.

125th Street Library

125th Street Library, Manhattan

The Library's historic 125th Street branch is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation. Currently in the planning stages, the project is one of five Carnegie branches to be renovated as part of a major investment in FY16 by the Mayor, City Council, and the Manhattan Borough President. We're inviting community members to take a short 5–10 minute survey about what you would like to see at the new 125th Street Library.

Inwood Library, Manhattan

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development is partnering with The Robin Hood Foundation and NYPL to explore options to redevelop the Inwood branch and create new affordable housing on the site. The new library will remain its current size and will maintain existing services while providing additional services. Community Visioning Workshops will be held in January 2017 and users are invited to take a brief survey to help inform design and services. Para Español, presione aquí.

Macomb's Bridge Library, Manhattan

The Library's smallest branch is moving to a bigger, better home. The new Macomb's Bridge Library in Harlem will be located across the street from the current 685-square foot branch and offer nearly five times the space of that library, giving the community more seats, programs, classes, and computers. The new library – located in New York City Housing Authority space – is expected to open in 2019.

Port Richmond Library, Staten Island

Port Richmond Library is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation. Thanks to a major investment by the Mayor, City Council, and the Staten Island Borough President, Port Richmond will be one of five Carnegie branches of The New York Public Library renovated across the city. We're inviting community members to take a short 5–10 minute survey about what you would like to see at the new Port Richmond Library

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.