Adams Street Library

Credit: Brooklyn Public Library
December 15th, 2021
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Join Open House New York for a tour of the new Adams Street Library, Brooklyn Public Library’s newest branch built since 1983. Hear from the branch’s librarian and an architect from WORKac about how they transformed this former factory building into a 21st century library with meeting rooms, facilities, and programming areas for children, teens and adults, and incorporated community feedback into the design.

Bringing over 6,500 square feet of newly created public space to northwest Brooklyn’s park-lined East River waterfront, Adams Street Library is the 60th branch for the Brooklyn Public Library, the sixth-largest public library system in the United States. The $7.2 million project is the first branch to serve DUMBO and the neighboring Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Farragut Houses communities.

Work Architecture Company (WORKac) led the design of the new library, which was informed by a series of public engagement sessions and workshops held with community residents and stakeholders. The library dramatically transformed the ground floor of a historic former factory building beneath the Manhattan Bridge and located just steps away from John Street Park, the northernmost section of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

All tours are free of charge. Due to space limitations, and in recognition that first-come, first-serve is rarely equitable, OHNY offered access to this tour by lottery. The lottery is now closed.

Tour participants will be required to wear a mask and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Brooklyn Public Library also requires visitors to complete health screening forms.