We’re building a new library in Brooklyn Heights. At over 26,000 square feet, the new library will have more public space than any other branch in Brooklyn and a bright, open design with flexible spaces for books, programs and technology.

Sketches from the 2017 community presentation by Marvel Architects.
Sketches from the 2017 community presentation by Marvel Architects. 

 

The new, City-owned Brooklyn Heights Library will anchor a mixed-use building topped by market-rate condominiums, developed by Hudson Companies. This project will generate $40 million for repairs at other branches in Brooklyn and create over 100 affordable housing units in Brooklyn’s Community Board 2.

After a two-year public process, this project was approved by Community Board 2, the City Planning Commission, the New York City Council and the Brooklyn Borough Board. BPL expects to begin construction on the new Brooklyn Heights Library soon. The Library’s contract with Hudson stipulates that the new branch be built within 3.5 years.

Interim library service is being provided at 109 Remsen Street. The interim library’s resources include a curated collection for Brooklyn Heights,  34 laptops for adults and children, an adaptable program room and the same experienced, dedicated staff from 280 Cadman Plaza West. The interim space was completely fitted out by Hudson at no cost to Brooklyn Public Library. The Business & Career Center relocated to Central Library in June 2016, where it will operate in an interim location until its permanent home opens.

Proposed Design for Brooklyn Heights Library

In 2015, Marvel Architects held three public community planning workshops and conducted online surveys. These workshops, as well as interviews with library staff, planning sessions with teenagers and regular meetings with librarians influenced the proposed design.

The proposed design features:

  • The new library will be 26,620 square feet, making it the largest branch in Brooklyn.
  • 7,500 linear feet of books–the same amount as the previous Brooklyn Heights Branch Library and the Business and Career Library combined.
  • A dramatic adult reading room, spanning from Cadman Plaza to Clinton Street with double-height ceilings.
  • An amphitheater seating 70 and a Community Room seating 150. This second room will be accessible independently of most of the branch, so it can be used outside of library hours.
  • A children’s area filled with natural light and designed for programs and collections for our littlest patrons, birth through elementary school.
  • A dedicated teen library space, the first of its kind in Brooklyn Heights.
  • Three conference and meeting rooms that can be reserved online with a library card, and collaborative co-working seating throughout the library.

This proposed design is not yet final and no materials or colors have been selected as of this release. We welcome your feedback in the form on this page.

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