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The new Adams Street Library will be BPL’s 60th and first new branch built since 1983. The library will serve all New Yorkers and visitors but especially the Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and Farragut communities who currently don't have a local branch. 

The new library is currently comprised of 6,565 square feet of raw space that will be transformed to house library materials, meeting rooms, facilities and programming space for children, teens and adults. Brooklyn Public Library is committed to ensuring that the design and programming of the Adams Street Library reflects the needs of the community, your input is extremely important.  Please fill out our survey and share it with friends and family so they can do the same.  Por favor complete esta encuesta y compártala con amigos y familiares para que ellos puedan hacer lo mismo.

Beginning in January 2019, BPL -- with support for Hester Street and Grain Collective -- has been having meetings with dozens of stakeholders to share information about the new library and gather input on its design and programming. We have used one on one meetings, small focus groups and surveys to gather a wide range of input to ensure that the library is reflective of the neighborhoods' diverse needs.

Goals we've heard for the new branch so far:

  • Define Unique Branch Identity
  • Strengthen Neighborhood Connections
  • Bridge the Socio-Economic Divide
  • Prioritize youth, teen + senior programs
  • Maximize democratic space
  • Build stakeholder networks

Where is the new library?

The new library will be located on the ground floor of a former factory building at 135 Plymouth Street (with an entrance on Adams Street). It will front Brooklyn Bridge Park with stunning views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and downtown Manhattan.

Who will it serve?

The library will serve all New Yorkers and visitors but especially the Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and Farragut communities who currently don’t have a local branch.

What will the library include?

There is currently 6,565 square feet of raw space that will be transformed to house library materials (books, media, etc), meeting rooms, facilities and programming space for children, teens and adults. The New York-based architecture firm, WORK Architecture Company (“WorkAC”) , has been hired to design the new branch. The design process will begin with a series of community conversations, led by Hester Street and Grain Collective, to involve neighborhood residents, library staff and local community partners in sharing their thoughts and aspirations for the library with the design team. BPL is committed to ensuring that the design reflects the needs of the diverse community the branch will serve. 

How will the building be paid for?

The build out of the new library is made possible with capital funding from the City of New York and proceeds from the Brooklyn Heights Library redevelopment. 

What is the timeline?

  • January 2019: Community Engagement with Hester Street and Grain Collective begins
  • Winter 2019: Design Complete
  • Early 2020: Construction Starts
  • Fall 2020: Projected opening of the new library

How can I get involved?

Your input is extremely important and will inform the design and programming for the new space.  Please fill out our survey and share it with friends and family so they can do the same. Please contact Julia Lindgren at julia@hesterstreet.org for additional information.

¿Cómo puedo involucrarme?

Su aporte es importante. ¡Ayude a diseñar tu nueva biblioteca! Por favor complete esta encuesta y compártala con amigos y familiares para que ellos puedan hacer lo mismo. Comuníquese con Naila Roasario (nrosario@bklynlibrary.org) para obtener información adicional.

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