Hunters Point Library at 47-07 Center Boulevard in Long Island City is finally open. The five-story, Steven Holl Architects-designed structure features a soaring atrium with a winding circulation pattern of programs that encompass each level and concludes with a public outdoor rooftop terrace. The bright white architecturally finished concrete walls and oversized abstract windows create a bold juxtaposition with the surrounding architectural language along the East River.
New photos show the vastness of the interior spaces.
The ground floor contains the circulation desk and customer service, a meeting room, new arrivals and requests, indoor and outdoor return kiosks, and restrooms with baby changing stations. The second level is split between the mezzanine, which features computers for the children’s room, adult collections and periodicals, and stepped seating underneath the high atrium space.
A set of staircases begins on the ground floor and travels up the western wall along the bottom of the oversized windows. This connects to the main second story, which has a media center with computer books, movies, travel books, and test preparation books, as well as the main collection of books for the children’s room. The third floor has a larger collection of books for adults and a quiet room. The Cyber Center on the fourth floor has a number of computers that can be used with a Queens Public Library card. The fifth floor houses the teen area, another set of bathrooms, and a rooftop terrace that should be completed imminently. An elevator bank connects all five levels and comes with ramps on all levels for easy ADA accessibility.
Hunters Point Library stands 109 feet high, is 40 feet deep, and runs 168 feet along the waterfront of Long Island City. Views looking west are oriented toward the American Copper Buildings, the East River ferry terminal, and the rest of the Midtown skyline. The closest subway is the 7 train at the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue station, about a ten-minute walk away, while the Long Island City ferry terminal is only a five-minute walk to the north along the esplanade.