Main Hall: upon entering the new Brooklyn Heights Library, visitors will be met with a welcome desk in a brightly lit double-height space filled with books, seating and a new reading circle. The Main Hall stretches from Cadman Plaza to Clinton Street.
Reading Circle: on the opposite end of the Main Hall is the reading circle, built as a casual space for working, socializing or reading. This circle will also provide an informal space for programs, complementing the meeting rooms and multipurpose rooms.
View To Reading Room from Entrance: shelves of books will greet visitors in the entry of Brooklyn Heights Library, an immensely popular feature of the Interim Brooklyn Heights Library. This view is of the entry vestibule, looking toward the reading room.
Reading Room: removed from the activity of the entryway and Main Hall, the dramatic and light-filled Reading Room will overlook both Clinton Street and Cadman Plaza. The Reading Room was designed at the community’s request for a quiet part of the library.
Reading Room at Night: viewed from outside, the new library’s reading room will sit in the prow of the building, surrounded by three walls of glass looking out to Cadman Plaza and Clinton Street.
Teen Space: heading upstairs, the Mezzanine level will feature an expanded teen area. With bookshelves lining the walls and featuring the latest technology, the teen space will be comprised of areas for individual and group activities.
Children’s Area Entrance: the main focus of the lower level will be our dedicated children’s area, with shelves of books, play spaces, learning spaces, and a special craft area. These spaces will accommodate a variety of uses at different volumes.
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.
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. After a pandemic-related pause, construction is underway and expected to finish in Summer 2021.
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 proposed design.
The design features:
The new library will be 26,620 square feet, making it the largest 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.
June 2016: Business & Career Center relocates to Central Library
July 2016: Interim Brooklyn Heights Library opens
Fall 2016: Construction begins on new Brooklyn Heights Library
Summer 2021: New Brooklyn Heights Library opens at 280 Cadman Plaza West