Brooklyn Heights Library Reconstruction

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

The new, City-owned Brooklyn Heights Library anchors a mixed-use building topped by market-rate condominiums, developed by Hudson Companies. This project generated $40 million for repairs and construction at other branches in Brooklyn and created over 100 affordable housing units in Brooklyn’s Community Board 2. The fit out of Brooklyn Heights Library cost $23 million and was funded through redevelopment proceeds, City Capital funds and New York State Educaton Department funding. 

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. The new library opened on June 8, 2022.

Design for Brooklyn Heights Library

In 2015, BPL 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 library's design.

The design features:

  • The new library is 26,620 square feet, making it the largest nieghborhood branch in Brooklyn.

  • A double height Main Hall, filled with books, shelves, seating and a reading circle.

  • A new Multipurpose Room, with seating capacity for up to 225 in audience style.

  • A children’s area 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.

  • Conference and meeting rooms that can be reserved online with a library card, and collaborative co-working seating throughout the library.

  • A reading circle in the Main Hall with plenty of power outlets and comfortable seating options, for programs or a great spot for casual working.

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


June 2016: Business & Career Center relocates to Central Library

July 2016: Interim Brooklyn Heights Library opens

2017: Construction begins on the One Clinton Street building

June 8, 2022: New Brooklyn Heights Library opens at 286 Cadman Plaza West

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