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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Latest Information On Plans For New Roosevelt Island NY Public Library Branch At 504 Main Street - More Aggressive Construction Schedule Advances Opening Date To Fall 2017

As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Branch of New York Public Library, currently at 524 Main Street, will have a brand new space on the first floor of 504 Main Street.

Front Entrance And Aerial View Of New Roosevelt Island Library From Smith-Miller+Hawkinson

On November 9, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects and representatives from the NY Public Library presented their latest plans for the new 5,200 square foot NYPL Roosevelt Island branch

Front Entrance And Aerial View Of New Roosevelt Island Library From Smith-Miller+Hawkinson

to a joint meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate and Operations Advisory Committee (audio web cast of meeting here).

The new Roosevelt Island NYPL Public Library Branch opening date has been moved up from early 2018 to the fall of 2017. The new library will have about the same number of circulating books, 26 new computers available for the public, expanded community and meeting space for children and adults (with looping technology for the hearing impaired), stroller storage area and an outdoor reading area.

The NYPL is coordinating its construction with the Catholic Archdiocese which has leased the second floor of 504 Main Street for the St Cabrini Church.

Also, in about 60 days the NYPL will have a Roosevelt Island Town Hall meeting to discuss the programs and services to be offered at the new library.

Here's video of a portion of the meeting,



the full meeting discussion





as well as more plans and pictures.


Video of the December 2014 NYPL Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting is here.

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