An artist's rendering of the upcoming Adams Street Library.

The new Adams Street Library will be BPL’s 60th and first new branch built since 1983. The library will serve all New Yorkers and visitors but especially the Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and Farragut communities who currently don’t have a local branch. 

The new library is currently comprised of 6,565 square feet of raw space that will be transformed to house library materials, meeting rooms, facilities and programming space for children, teens and adults. See the designs for the new library here (.pdf). 

Brooklyn Public Library committed to ensuring that the design and programming of the Adams Street Library reflects the needs of the community. Beginning in January 2019, BPL—with support for Hester Street and Grain Collective—met with dozens of stakeholders to share information about the new library and gather input on its design and programming. We have used one-on-one meetings, small focus groups, tabling at community events, community meetings and surveys to gather a wide range of input to ensure that the library is reflective of the neighborhoods’ diverse needs.

Goals we’ve heard for the new branch so far:

  • Define Unique Branch Identity
  • Strengthen Neighborhood Connections
  • Bridge the Socio-Economic Divide
  • Prioritize youth, teen + senior programs
  • Maximize democratic space
  • Build stakeholder networks

On June 11, 2019, BPL invited the stakeholders and the public to preview design concepts of the new library at the Made in NYC Media Center by IFP. See the presentation here (.pdf).

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