The new Adams Street Library is Brooklyn Public Library’s first new branch to open in more than 20 years. Extensive, architect-led community outreach within Dumbo, Vinegar Hill and the Farragut Houses indicated that children’s spaces and programming was lacking—and important to residents across the diverse neighborhoods. The design therefore puts children at its center, containing spaces for learning activities, story time, books, reading and views out to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The library also has new collections, technology and extensive programming for teens and young adults in a dedicated teens area. Two large, flexible multipurpose spaces with stackable chairs and foldable tables, whiteboards and a kitchenette provide much needed space for community gathering and meeting. Technology is readily accessible to patrons with free Wi-Fi throughout, hard-wired charging and power built into the reading tables and projection capability in the large community room. The library also has generous spaces for staff and public, gender-inclusive restrooms.
Location Brooklyn, NY
Project Team CCBS Consultants; Cerami & Associates; Costrak Consulting; DOSE Engineering; LERA Consulting Structural Engineers; Linked By Air; Shawmut Design and Construction; Tillotson Design Associates
2023 AIANY Design Awards