NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch to Reopen in May as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

An image of how the renovated Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library will look when it reopens in May as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. Photo: Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, via SNF.org

NEW YORK – The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced on its website the reopening of its largest circulating branch after undergoing a full-scale renovation. The new, modern library, located on Fifth Avenue and 40th Street at site of the former Mid-Manhattan Library, will reopen in May as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)—thanks to a generous gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The state-of-the-art building features eight floors of offerings, with four floors of general collections and reading rooms, as well as an array of brand new amenities.

Located across from NYPL’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the SNFL is the NYPL’s largest and busiest circulating library, with more than 1.7 million visits a year and an annual circulation of 2 million items, according to the NYPL’s website.

A file photo of the Mid-Manhattan Library before its renovation. Photo: Beyond My Ken, via Wikimedia Commons

“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,” the NYPL noted on its website.

In addition to four floors of general collections, the new SNFL will include the following amenities:

Dedicated Children’s Center & Teen Center

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

Business Center

  • Personal Finance & Investing
  • Small Business Research

Adult Learning Center

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

Rooftop Terrace

  • Event Center & Café