Central Library

Central Library Plaza

About The Plaza

The Central Library Plaza is the main entryway to the landmarked library and provides a sweeping vista of Grand Army Plaza, the surrounding buildings, and Prospect Park. The 6,000 square-foot space reopened in the summer of 2007 in concert with the opening of the library's new Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, a state-of-the-art 189-seat auditorium constructed directly below.

The renovated Plaza is now a welcoming front porch and outdoor reading room for the Central Library and has become a vibrant community gathering place. This Plaza's many features include an outdoor performance space, generous seating with stone benches and café tables, wireless access, landscaped garden areas, interactive fountains, and planters. The existing bronze entry doors and decorative gold­leafed figures in the library's majestic 50-foot high entryway have been restored with new facade lighting added.

Plaza Slideshow

A slideshow of images from the Central Library Plaza. Visit our Flickr page for enlarged photos and more information.