“The Library has never been more heavily used or more deeply needed. Making the right decisions about how to renovate and integrate our Midtown locations is part of our larger endeavor to strengthen and prepare The New York Public Library system for the future.”

—Tony Marx, President, The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library Midtown Renovation

The New York Public Library’s Midtown renovation will enhance and unite the full spectrum of offerings available across NYPL—from circulating and research services to business resources and educational programs for all ages. Together, the renovated sites will provide more public library space than is currently available across the Library’s Midtown locations, longer hours, and enhanced access to our collections, technology, and staff expertise.

Capital Upgrades

This project includes a major renovation of the former Mid-Manhattan Library—now the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)—our most heavily used circulating branch; the creation of more public space and amenities at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; and a superior and expanded storage environment for the Library’s world-renowned research collections beneath Bryant Park.

New Programs & Services

The renovated Midtown locations expand and unite resources and classes for the Library’s broad array of users. This includes services and spaces for researchers, scholars, and creators; areas for adult education, English language classes, technology training, and employment help; and educational resources for families, students, and teachers.

Community Engagement

Throughout planning for the Midtown renovation, The New York Public Library is committed to public input. We have conducted online and on-site surveys, held in-depth meetings with a wide range of external experts, convened public forums, and undertaken extensive research and analysis of usage trends, peer institutions, and best practices in visitor experience.

Key Projects

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Renovation
Rose Main Reading Room Renovation
Milstein Research Stacks