Financial District Library

Nicolas Lee (website), Bruno Ma
Syracuse University School of Architecture
New York City Studio
Brief: New York Public Library
Faculty: Joshua Prince-Ramus (website)


The New York Public Library (NYPL) is the largest public library in North America and is one of the United State’s most significant research libraries. Currently, the NYPL consists of 87 branch libraries in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. Of the 35 branches in Manhattan, there are currently no branch libraries serving the Lower Manhattan district. A new branch library is to be opened in the Financial District serving the constantly evolving demographics in the area. The library utilizes a vacant office building near the new World Trade Center. The library, with its 250,000 SF program occupies 10 floors of the office building at 100 Church Street, while the rest remains as rentable commercial office.

Instead of a typical branch library, the Financial District library is designed based on the analysis of current issues facing the NYPL. By solving the issues, the new library redefines and reinvents the typical library model. The library is no longer a place only dedicated to books and media, but finds even greater importance. As the number of patrons and materials in the NYPL are constantly increasing, the number of librarians has been decreasing in recent years. In an age where information is constantly increasing and becoming more convenient, what makes the library imperative is the existence of librarians and their expertise.    


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