Gallery: The Greenest Library in New York Opens Today


The Battery Park Library finally opens today and it just so happens to be the greenest library branch of the New York Public Library system! Certified LEED Gold and built at the base of a LEED certified condominium high rise, the new community addition will certainly be a source of pride for area residents. The new library boasts the use of recycled materials, lots of high tech computer gadgetry to keep up with the times, and books, of course.

The new library was designed by 1100 Architects, and is located at the base of the Riverhouse, a luxury condominium high rise surrounded by green space at Rockefeller Park. Bao Ong of the NYTimes toured the library and reports that the 2-story building features “wood floors constructed from window frame scraps, old truck tires laid out as carpet, and a terrazzo staircase made of recycled glass and mirrors.” A large touch screen computer at the base of the stairs will show patrons how much energy and water is being consumed by the library. At a cost of $6.7 million, the library also includes 10 laptop computers for patrons to check out for use inside the library.

Due to budget cuts the new green library may only be open 3-4 days a week in order to cut down on energy and operational costs. Regardless, after 11 years in the making, Battery Park-ites are very excited about their new library space. Billy Parrot, the new library manager, says “I think they’ve been waiting so long for a library here, there’s just this sense of relief that it’s finally happening.” Naturally inside, there are a lot of books, but Parrot says, “A lot of people still have that stereotype that libraries are just books. We’re a lot more than that.”

+ Battery Park Public Library

+ 1100 Architects

Via gbNYC, NYTimes and The Tribeca Trib


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  1. Ground Zero Mosque to b... August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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  2. jensph May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Battery Park City is not the same thing as Battery Park; the author was apparently confused on that difference. TDW, your comment seems to be in response to mine, but it\’s not clear what your point is…

  3. TDW May 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Plenty of Battery Park-ites I know, including me, are thrilled about this new branch and do go. One mile? Boo-hoo.

  4. jensph March 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    This is not the “Battery Park Library”, it is the Battery Park City Library. It is one mile from Battery Park and BPC is unrelated to Battery Park. Residents of BPC are certainly not “Battery Park-ites”.

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