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Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons

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A rendering of the future Leon Levy Information Commons by the award-winning firm Toshiko Mori ArchitectThe Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons, located on the first floor of Central Library, consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with technology and resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity. General policies.

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The Info Commons comprises three sections:

  • Workspace: The open workspace area offers seating and electrical outlets for over 70 laptop users. It houses 25 computer workstations, including 10 iMacs running advanced creative and multimedia editing software where visitors can work on individual projects. There is also a scanner. Learn more about the computer workstations and other technology. Digitization equipment is available to convert analog media (VHS videocassettes, audiocassettes and vinyl records) to digital files.
Got an idea?

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is open to working with individuals and organizations who want to provide classes, workshops and other training opportunities to the public. Our focus is programming around technology, media and culture. Instructors may not charge any fees to attendees.

If you would like to be considered as a workshop facilitator or instructor, please bring or email us a full proposal, including:

  • A detailed description of what you’re interested in teaching or facilitating.
  • What kinds of activities will be offered?
  • Who is the target audience for this event?
  • What are your qualifications and experience with the topic?
  • Where you have presented on this topic or conducted this event before, if applicable.
  • Approximately when would you like to conduct the event (month/date as well as time of day)?
  • Any technological requirements for your event.

We will review all proposals on an ongoing basis and get back to applicants as soon as possible. All Info Commons programs need to adhere to the guidelines in the policy on “Public Use of Meeting Rooms.” Thank you!


The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.  

The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, a legendary investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to continue the tradition of humanism characteristic of Mr. Levy by supporting scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.

We especially thank Shelby White, Founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, for her commitment to the enrichment of Central Library.

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Additional funding is provided through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.