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Rendering of Adams Street Library
An architectural rendering of the future Adams Street Library, courtesy of WorkAC.

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. See the designs for the new library here (.pdf).

Brooklyn Public Library committed to ensuring that the design and programming of the Adams Street Library reflects the needs of the community. Beginning in January 2019, BPL—with support for Hester Street and Grain Collective—met 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, tabling at community events, community meetings 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

On June 11, 2019, BPL invited the stakeholders and the public to preview design concepts of the new library at the Made in NYC Media Center by IFP. See the presentation here (.pdf).

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.

Sketch of Adams Street Library and the surrounding neighborhoods
Adams Street Library will be located just under the Manhattan Bridge, on Brooklyn's waterfront.

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 contact Kat Savage ([email protected]), the Adams Street Library manager, for more informaiton. 

¿Cómo puedo involucrarme?

Su aporte es importante. ¡Ayude a diseñar tu nueva biblioteca! Comuníquese con Naila Rosario ([email protected]) para obtener información adicional.

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