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The Brooklyn Public Library is set to open their first new library since 1983

Will Gleason

Book loving Brooklynites have a major milestone to celebrate.

The Brooklyn Public Library, one of the three major public library systems in NYC, is planning to open its first new branch since 1983. Set to open in 2020, the new branch will be located on the Dumbo waterfront (close to the soon-to-open Time Out Market!) and will be the 60th location in the library’s system.

The 6,500-square-foot space will take up the ground floor of a former factory building located at 135 Plymouth Street. The new neighborhood library, which will be known as the Cortelyou Library will serve DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Farragut Houses with programming space, book lending, laptops, desktops and education services.  

“We are thrilled to begin work on the first new library in our system in almost forty years,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library in a statement. “Like every one of our branches, the DUMBO neighborhood library will be a place where the community can come together to read and learn.”

The Brooklyn Public Library has made a big push over the last few years in closing their capital needs gap and updating aging infrastructure across the system. As a result of that effort, an impressive one third of the library’s system will have been rebuilt or fully renovated over the next five years.

The new DUMBO library will be designed by WORKac, and the firm is planning on scheduling community input meetings for the process later this fall.


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