Brooklyn Public Library is in the midst of our most significant era of rebuilding in history, with one third of the Library’s system being rebuilt or renovated in the next five years. Across the borough, BPL is rehabilitating its vital neighborhood libraries with projects ranging from small restorations to full-scale renovations.

One of Brooklyn’s busiest branches, New Utrecht Library has operated in its current location since 1956 and is receiving a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation. The library is a 20,700-square-foot, two-story brick structure, and its large auditorium and multiple meeting rooms can accommodate a wide range of special programs, many of which are geared toward older adults. Patrons of all ages flock to New Utrecht for its diverse offering of programs, the most popular of which include Summer Meals, Kids Create, Chinese brush painting, Story Play, computer courses and ESOL classes. 

Beginning in 2021, New Utrecht Library will undergo a complete interior and exterior renovation. Inside, the library’s outdated systems will be replaced. This includes the heating and cooling, security and building management systems. In order to better accommodate New Utrecht Library’s public programming, the interior spaces will be reconfigured. The library’s exterior will be rehabilitated and environmentally friendly landscaping will be added. 

The New Utrecht Library restoration project is currently in the design phase, which will continue until 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and will last for approximately three years, during which time the branch will be closed. In 2024, New Utrecht Library will reopen and welcome patrons back to a better equipped, more comfortable space. 

Beginning in 2021, New Utrecht Library will undergo a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation that will last for approximately three years. The library’s outdated systems will be replaced and its interior spaces will be reconfigured. The library’s exterior will be rehabilitated and environmentally friendly landscaping will be added.

New Utrecht Library’s restoration project is currently in the design phase, which will continue until 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and will last for approximately three years, during which time the branch will be closed to the public. New Utrecht Library will reopen and welcome back patrons in 2024.

Bookmobile service will be provided nearby the library and programs will be hosted at neighborhood organizations.

The renovation is estimated to cost $20 million in capital funds, which were allocated by Mayor de Blasio.

Yes. We are planning a variety of ways to involve the Brownsville community, including:

  • Community events to get feedback and ideas on the library’s design and renovation
  • Targeted activities with specific patron groups (i.e. teenage patrons)
  • Report-back sessions to present our findings. Call Tambe-Tysha John at 718.236.4086 or email tjohn@bklynlibrary.org to share your ideas.
  • Community board presentations

NYC’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will manage this project for Brooklyn Public Library. The selected architect is LTL Architects.

New Utrecht Library has operated in its current location since 1956, but its history dates to 1894 and the opening of the Free Library of the Town of New Utrecht. The branch joined the BPL system in 1901. The library is a 20,700-square-foot, two-story brick structure, and its large auditorium and multiple meeting rooms can accommodate a wide range of special programs, many of which are geared toward older adults.

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