Proposals to construct a new public library in DUMBO, Brooklyn have received preliminary approvals from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Known as the Adams Street Library, the new property will be the first new branch to debut under the Brooklyn Public Library network.
The Adams Street Library will occupy a portion of the ground floor of a defunct factory building at 135 Plymouth Street, located just off the East River and almost directly beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The space will eventually be transformed into a modern-day library with a meeting room, flexible multipurpose space, a staff room, and designated reading areas for kids, teens, and adults.
At 6,565 square feet, the library will also be the network’s smallest branch to date.
The plans were designed in collaboration by WORKac and Linked by Air.
Despite preliminary approvals, no work may begin until a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued by the LPC, which must also review final drawings submitted to the Department of Buildings. Once deemed appropriate by the LPC, construction of the branch will be made possible through capital funding from the City of New York and proceeds from the Brooklyn Heights Library redevelopment.
At this time, it is anticipated that the library will open sometime in 2021.