New York Public Library

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)


The New York Public Library revitalized its Mid-Manhattan location, renamed The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), and transformed previously underutilized spaces to further encourage reading as well as inspire learning, research, and creativity. Incorporated into the footprint of the library are spaces for children and teens, the Pasculano Learning Center for adults, the Thomas Yoseloff Business Center, and ample storage to house what is NYPL’s largest circulating collection. Specifically, a new “Long Room” interconnecting multiple floors with floor-to-ceiling stacks provides the necessary space for this notable collection which is consulted by more than 1.7 million visitors a year. A new floor offering access to an exterior public terrace was added to the top of the building to accommodate new programs and events.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), one of New York City’s most heavily trafficked circulating branches, underwent a complete upgrade of its MEP/FP  systems. With a goal of achieving a minimum of LEED Silver Certification, a special emphasis was placed on sustainable design solutions. High-efficiency equipment, including magnetic bearing chillers, air handlers with energy recovery wheels, and demand control ventilation reduce the energy load of the overall building. The renovations are anticipated to reduce the building’s carbon footprint by approximately 75%.

The renovated library was completed mid-2020 with the official ribbon cutting and grand opening to the public on June 1, 2021.


New York, NY
Mecanoo/Beter Blinder Belle
180,000 square feet
$200 million
May 2020

Photo credit: John Bartelstone, © New York Public Library