A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

Get out your reading glasses because a new floating library is coming to NYC next month! From September 6th to October 3rd, the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 will be transformed into a pop-up library on the water. Conceived by artist Beatrice Glow,

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PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

Built for a client who is both a writer and a bookbinder, this renovated attic primarily serves as a work space, but also includes a guest room and leisure area. To break up the rectilinear space, PARA-project inserted curved walls made from locally sourced

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Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway will soon receive a state-of-the-art new library to replace the current one, which was affected last year by Hurricane Sandy. Designed by leading architecture firm Snøhetta, the new library will be double the size of the former, offering a larger

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Library Lawn Brings a Peaceful Outdoor Reading Room to Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Library Lawn Brings a Peaceful Outdoor Reading Room to Governors Island (PHOTOS)

“There’s really nothing better on a warm summer day than to sit in the sun and cozy up with a book,” said Tony Marx, President & CEO of New York Public Library. “This new open-air Library Lawn will give the public the opportunity to do just that, as well

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Unbinding the Library Tour

Unbinding the Library Tour

The Unbinding the Library tour will consider the physical, historical, and ecological relationships between the Reanimation Library and Gowanus – the neighborhood in which the library is situated. Starting at the Reanimation Library, participants will reproduce

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Little Free Library: 10 Delightful Mini Book Stations to Discover Around NYC

Little Free Library: 10 Delightful Mini Book Stations to Discover Around NYC

Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility started The Little Free Library initiative back in 2009 as a social experiment for good. Since then, the movement has been helping people to place small book shelters all over world so that others in their communities

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Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

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Brooklynites value their books, but some branches of the Brooklyn Public Library just aren’t seeing any play. Aging, in disrepair and underused, these satellite libraries were built in the early 1900s before most neighborhoods developed

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Foster + Partners Reveals Plans for New York Public Library Renovation with Bryant Park Views

Foster + Partners Reveals Plans for New York Public Library Renovation with Bryant Park Views

The iconic New York Public Library’s long-awaited redesign by Lord Norman Foster may finally be underway. The designs for the library renovation, four years in the making, were released today, and propose a modernization that will still respect the historic

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NYU Decks Out Bobst Library With Beautiful Suicide-Prevention Screen

NYU Decks Out Bobst Library With Beautiful Suicide-Prevention Screen

The glistening design solution replaces the previously not-so-attractive Plexiglas screens, which were installed back in 2003 as a temporary measure. The porosity of the aluminum sheet satisfies the need for safety whilst allowing light, views and activity

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Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification

1100 Architect worked with Atelier Ten to design the library’s energy-efficient lighting system. The first two stories of the library, which sits at the base of a residential building, are enclosed in glass, ensuring ample natural light year-round. The communal

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The Brooklyn Art Library Lets Visitors Check Out Thousands of Entries From the Sketchbook Project

The Brooklyn Art Library Lets Visitors Check Out Thousands of Entries From the Sketchbook Project

Stepping into the Williamsburg shop is like walking into an old timey general store, only with paper centric products. The rustic beams, remnants of the building’s former factory life, are echoed throughout with furniture and shelves made from the same woodgrain.

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LEED-Seeking Children’s Discovery Center Opens at the Queens Central Library

LEED-Seeking Children’s Discovery Center Opens at the Queens Central Library

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Tompkins Square Library

Tompkins Square Library

Historically, the Tompkins Square Library dates back to 1887, when it opened as the Fifth Street Branch of the Aguilar Free Library. The branch relocated three times before moving to its present site facing Tompkins Square Park. Designed by the famous architects

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Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Library

Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Library

The Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Branch has had a long and colorful history since its origin as part of the New York Archdiocese’s Cathedral Library Association in 1887. At its current address, below street level at 560 Lexington Avenue, it remains one

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building New York Public Library

Often referred to as the “main branch,” the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. The non-circulating graduate-level collections were initially formed from the consolidation of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and have evolved into one of the world’s preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience — from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature….

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St. Agnes Library

St. Agnes Library

Beginning in 1893 as a parish library at St. Agnes Chapel on West 91st Street, the St. Agnes Branch also housed a small collection for the Library for the Blind. The following year, in 1894, the chapel’s pastor, in order to keep pace with a rapidly growing

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special

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Riverside Library

Riverside Library

In 1897, the Riverside Association gave its small collection of books to the New York Free Circulating Library. Just four years later, Riverside became a branch of The New York Public Library and, in 1905, moved in at 190 Amsterdam Avenue, a building constructed

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Mid-Manhattan Library

Mid-Manhattan Library

Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Library houses the largest circulating collections of The New York Public Library. The materials are geared to meet the needs of adult users and students and include books, DVDs, CDs, popular magazines and newspapers,

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Kips Bay Library

Kips Bay Library

The Kips Bay Branch of The New York Public Library opened in 1972, replacing two former libraries: St. Gabriel’s and Nathan Straus. Designed by the award-winning architect, Giorgio Cavaglieri, it was one of the first branches to be built fully accessible to

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Jefferson Market Library

Jefferson Market Library

Originally a courthouse, the Jefferson Market Library has served the Greenwich Village community for over forty years. The building, a New York City landmark, was designed by architects Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux (who also assisted in the design

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Columbus Library

Columbus Library

The Columbus Branch of The New York Public Library has been a center for education in the multi-ethnic, working-class neighborhood of Clinton since the branch opened in 1909. The Columbus branch underwent an extensive renovation from 2004-2005, which completely

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96th Street Library

96th Street Library

One of the 65 libraries built with funds donated to New York City by Andrew Carnegie, the 96th Street library was designed by the noted architectural firm of Babb, Cook and Willard. Both beautiful and functional, the interior is distinguished by tall arched

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58th Street Library

58th Street Library

The 58th Street Branch of The New York Public Library opened on May 10, 1907. Once housed in a Carnegie building it now occupies part of two floors of an office tower. The Library has been open at its present site since 1969. This is a full-service adult branch

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67th Street Library

67th Street Library

The 67th Street Branch was one of the Carnegie branches built with funds donated to the City of New York by Andrew Carnegie. The branch was designed by Babb, Cook & Willard, one of three architectural firms selected to design the Library’s Carnegie branches.

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