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All Brooklyn Public Library Branches Now Open for Business

May 13, 2014
The new face of the Clinton Hill BPL

The new face of the Clinton Hill BPL

It’s been 21 months, but well worth the wait. Finally the last of seven Brooklyn Public Library branches that were closed for repairs and renovation re-opened on April 14. The Clinton Hill branch received an almost $1 million facelift, getting a self-checkout apparatus, air-conditioning and heating, LEED lighting and a fun wall that kids are invited to draw on.

“We’re thrilled to have all 60 branches open, providing vital service to every corner of Brooklyn,” said David Woloch, BPL Executive Vice President for External Affairs.

The work on all 60 branches is not complete, however. An additional two branches will also have to close down for some intensive repairs this coming autumn, and a third branch will become the lower floor of a towering condo building.

The Red Hook library branch will be adding practice rooms and studio space above their stacks, courtesy of Spaceworks, a non-profit organization that brings cultural space to all five boroughs. In Brighton Beach the library will be closed to fix a stubborn leaky roof.

An additional five branches will also be getting overhauls, including a much-needed new roof for the central Grand Army Plaza branch. These repairs will hopefully not require a complete shut-down of the branch.

“With $300 million in deferred maintenance across our system we know the work to maintain our libraries is far from done,” Woloch said.

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