Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

Midtown, Manhattan

Located at the site of the former Mid-Manhattan Library, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) is now a state-of-the-art library following a full-scale renovation, designed by architects Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, with generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the City of New York. The SNFL design team represents a collaboration between Mecanoo, which led the design stages; Beyer Blinder Belle, which led the historic preservation and acted as architect of record; and the Library’s leadership and Capital Planning staff.

The $200 million renovation includes eight floors of important amenities serving all ages. Using creativity and ingenuity both to preserve and breathe new life into a historic New York City building, the design team created a beautiful, light-filled, inspiring central circulating library with a classic, timeless, functional design, as well as elements that speak to the building’s history and complementary relationship to the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Access the self-guided tour here.

This event is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, an ongoing program examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.




455 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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