Pacific Library is a much-loved branch in need of major investment. In 2019, Brooklyn Public Library worked with the Friends of Pacific Library, neighborhood leaders, patrons, community members and library staff to reflect a community vision for the future of Pacific Library. At the same time, the New York City Department of Design and Construction compiled cost estimates for both building systems repairs and bringing this community vision into reality.

Community Visioning Report
Pacific Library Community Vision Report Cover
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Friends of Pacific Library, patrons, neighbors and staff contributed their ideas for the future of Pacific Library through print and online surveys, an interactive bulletin board in the library, planning meetings and a visioning session. These were compiled into the Pacific Library Community Visioning Report (.pdf).

Throughout these different activities, several common themes that emerged:

Accessibility: Elevators, ramps and other accessibility issues must be addressed to activate all areas of Pacific Library.

Improve and Maximize Interior Spaces: Well balanced and flexible spaces that are large but can be used in ways that maximize the space are necessary for this growing neighborhood. Examples mentioned include: reading rooms, seating areas, designated space for kids and teens balanced with meeting rooms, classrooms and multi-use spaces.

Second Floor Space: The large second floor space presents opportunities to address neighborhood needs, epsecially once it becomes fully accessible. Community stakeholders asked to be consulted about the best way to use this important library space.

Light: Access to natural light, improved interior lighting and better use of the vertical space were frequently cited as needs for this community asset. 

Improved Entryway: Needs to be more welcoming, have better signage and feel safer. Also, some of the architectural elements cut the space without a clear purpose. Make the space more unified and open; include artwork or murals.

Outdoor Space: Patrons love the garden and would like to see it further developed, and had ideas for other exterior features like bike parking and a bike maintenance station. 

Storage: Stroller parking, storage in classrooms and staff rooms. More storage overall.

Technology: The current layout places technology in nooks; a new layout and new technology could create a more welcoming place to explore, learn and use technology.

A Hub Location: The neighborhood is a growing cultural hub in a busy, rapidly changing neighborhood; Pacific Library is a quiet, clean, friendly space with helpful staff and dynamic programming. Community stressed the emphasis of continuing this dynamic, especially as the neighborhood grows. 

Renovation Cost Estimates: $20.9M-$39.4M

The New York City Department of Design and Construction contracted with Shenoy Engineering to price out estimates for repairing Pacific Library. 

Localized Upgrades & Building Systems Repair 
 
Comprehensive Building Renovation 

Timeframe: 1-3 Phases

Includes:

  • Full accessibility, includes elevator, accessible bathrooms and Landmark-quality ramp consistent with historic nature of building
  • Localized upgrades and restoration of building systems
  • Facade repairs
  • Fencing repairs
  • Minimally invasive work
  • Will not meet all code requirements

Community Vision: Only addresses accessibility aspects of community vision

 

Timeframe: 1 Phase

Includes:

  • Full accessibility, includes elevator, accessible bathrooms and Landmark-quality ramp consistent with historic nature of buildingFull Energy Code Compliance and replacement or restoration of building systems
  • Roof and facade replacements
  • Full interior renovation; change layout to activate unused spaces
  • New furniture and technology
  • Enhanced gardens, fencing and replacement of entry stairs and railings

Community Vision: Fully addresses all aspects of community vision

Cost: $20.9M–$24.9M

 

Cost: $39.4M

Next Steps

Brooklyn Public Library has $3.5 currently earmarked for this project and therefore cannot meet the additional funding requirements for Pacific Library within its standard capital allocation from the City of New York. BPL will continue to work with nieghborhood stakeholders and elected officials to explore how the community vision of Pacific Library can become a reality. 

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