Sarah Terrazano

Upping the Stacks: NYPL’s Long-awaited Midtown Renovation

Sarah Terrazano

I have a tradition of visiting the public library in every new city I visit. Call me a bibliophile, but a library says a lot about its city. I’ve been to the New York Public Library (NYPL) Midtown branch numerous times, but the next time I’m in New York, I’ll have a “new” library to visit—the Midtown branch’s Mid-Manhattan Library is beginning a long-awaited renovation this year.

The Mid-Manhattan Library is the NYPL’s most heavily used circulating branch, and the renovations could not be coming a moment sooner. The library first opened in 1970 in a building that was erected in 1914 as a department store. New Yorkers rely on the Midtown branch for services like research, technology training, language classes and children’s story hour. The $200 million renovation will provide the library with much-needed public seats, study spaces and brightly lit bookshelves. Specifics include a new full-floor business library, separate libraries for children and teens, classrooms and a rooftop terrace (the only public one in Midtown!).

The Mid-Manhattan Library will close in August 2017 and is slated to re-open in early 2020. I cannot wait to join New York patrons in checking out the renovated branch—if not a book or two!

Image credit: Galaksiafervojo

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