First Rendering Revealed Of Renovations On New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Branch, Midtown

New York Public LibraryThe Long Room at the New York Public Library's Main Branch. Rendering by Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, via Curbed NY.

The first rendering has been revealed of the renovation project planned for the New York Public Library‘s Mid-Manhattan Branch, located between West 40th and 42nd streets on Fifth Avenue. Netherlands-based firm Mecanoo and local architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle are designing the renovations, which will increase the amount of public space in the 646,680-square-foot structure by 35 percent. Specifically, back offices, the lower level, and the roof will be converted into public space. There will also be designated sections for specific age groups and professional interests. The library will close by the end of 2017 and reopen in 2020, Curbed NY reported.

The structure is an individual city landmark and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The facility’s Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalog Room recently reopened after their own renovations.

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New York Public Library’s Main Branch. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

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4 Comments on "First Rendering Revealed Of Renovations On New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Branch, Midtown"

  1. My favorite rendering on renovations library, I like a book and love to read them all everyday.

  2. Lawrence Donohue | November 18, 2016 at 9:13 am |

    You are reporting that this renovation to be made at the main 42nd street (Schwartzman) building. That is wrong! It is the main Mid-Manattan branch that is the subject of this Reno. How can you get this wrong?

  3. This article implies the iconic Schwarzmann building will be closed for three years and renovated, but the source article is referring to the Mid-Manhattan branch across the street.

  4. YIMBY, you really need to remove this post. It is wildly inaccurate.

    I absolutely love this site and rely on it as a part of my weekly reading. Your integrity is greatly compromised every day this post remains up.

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