In September of 2017, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced a landmark grant to support the full renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library, which will reopen in 2020 as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), and will establish an endowment to support public programs at the branch.
Building on its long-standing commitment to libraries worldwide and to The New York Public Library in particular, the SNF’s gift will support the creation of a modern, central branch to hold the Library’s largest circulating collection and offer countless programs for children, teens, and adults. In addition, it will help establish an inspiring “Midtown campus” that will reconnect the circulating library with the Library’s iconic research center, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, across Fifth Avenue, creating a free, open destination for thought and ideas in the center of Midtown.
The Mid-Manhattan Library renovation is expected to be complete in 2020, when the building will reopen as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).
Key elements of the new 100,000-square-foot library will include:
• Capacity for approximately 400,000 books and other materials, the largest capacity for circulating materials in the Library system
• A “Long Room”—the largest element in the new branch—offering five floors of open, browsable book stacks and two floors of meeting rooms
• One of the only rooftop terraces in Midtown that will be free and open to the public
• A dedicated business library occupying an entire floor and offering the services and circulating collections of the Science, Industry and Business Library
• An adult learning center—one of the largest in the city—which will provide a seamless continuum of educational opportunities
• A floor of separate spaces for kids and for teens
• Approximately 17,000 square feet of general reading and study space, including seating for almost 1,500 library patrons
• Over 11,000 square feet of multipurpose space that can be used for classes, events, one-on-one consultations, seminars, and a host of other programs
More information on the project is available at https://125.nypl.org/125/snfl.