Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)

The New York Public Library is excited to be gradually reopening its largest circulating branch after being closed for major renovations.

Located across from the Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the former Mid-Manhattan Library—now called the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library—is NYPL’s largest and busiest circulating library, with more than 1.7 million visits a year and an annual circulation of 2 million items.

New Yorkers from across the city have long relied on the branch for books and materials along with free computer and Internet access, technology training, English language classes, and more, which is why it received a much-needed interior renovation so New Yorkers could get the library they need and deserve.

UPDATE

Visitors got their first initial glimpse of the building in July 2020 when the first floor opened for grab-and-go service, and in May of this year, the Thomas Yoseloff Business Center on the fifth floor opened for appointments. Now, as of June 1, the lower level through the fourth floor is open for limited browsing and by-appointment computer use, and New Yorkers can get their first look at most parts of their new central circulating library.

LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS

The new and improved Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library will feature eight floors of offerings when it opens fully—including four floors of general collections and reading rooms, as well as the following brand new amenities:

Dedicated Children’s Center & Teen Center 

  • Teen Recording Studio & Media Lab
  • Teen Study Rooms
  • Youth Program Rooms

Thomas Yoseloff Business Center

  • Personal Finance & Investing
  • Small Business Research

Pasculano Learning Center

  • Career Services
  • English Language & Literacy
  • Media & Technology Training
  • Multimedia Studio

Rooftop Terrace 

  • Event Center & Café
A rendering of the new Mid-Manhattan Library.
Cross-section of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, designed by Francine Houben of Mecanoo and Liz Leber of Beyer Blinder Belle.

Planning for the Mid-Manhattan renovation began in fall 2015 with the selection of the design team following more than a year of discussion and input led by librarians and informed by expert and public feedback. Preliminary designs were released in the fall of 2016. Construction started in late 2017, and work was completed in 2020. Visitors got their first initial glimpse of the building in July 2020.

See the Updates page for details.