Brooklyn Public Library will build a new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center at the site of the existing branch. Funded by a $5 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and over $10 million from the Library, the new branch will provide significantly more space—indoor and outdoor—to house expanded programs and activities.

The Environmental Education Center will provide programs, information and special collections that increase awareness and stewardship of the local environment. The center will offer space for community and environmental groups to hold meetings and public events.

The building will be a model of sustainable development, exceeding LEED Silver Green Building Certification requirements.

Renderings

The current renderings are available here. The project is still in the design phase and is subject to change.

Timeline
  • BPL was awarded the GCEF legacy grant in December 2014. Winners were selected by community vote and with oversight from the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • BPL formed a Community Advisory Committee in March 2015 comprised of local environmental groups, elected officials and neighborhood organizers.
  • The architects Marble Fairbanks were selected in September 2015.
  • The branch hosted a community design workshop in October 2015; patrons were able to vote for their favorite features in the library for a month.
  • During Fall 2015-2016, BPL and Marble Fairbanks work to develop the new building design, incorporating feedback from the Community Advisory Committee, various City agencies, and members of the public.
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2017. BPL will provide book mobile service and offsite programs with community partners.
  • The new library is scheduled to open in 2018.

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The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.