Harlem’s Bloomingdale Library To Receive $3 Million To Improve Infrastructure And More

January 16, 2019

The New York Public Library’s Bloomingdale branch will close on February 16 to undergo a $3 million improvement project.

The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2020.

The renovation—funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York City Council, New York City Council Member Mark Levine, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—includes a new dedicated teen room that will allow teens to talk, engage in group study, use computers, or work independently without disturbing other patrons. The branch will also receive much-needed upgrades to the second-floor restrooms and new drinking fountains.

The improvements are part of a significant investment in the branches by New York City and The New York Public Library system and will ensure that Bloomingdale Library continues its vital service to New Yorkers now and in the future.

During this temporary closure, patrons are encouraged to use two nearby branches at Morningside Heights Library, 2900 Broadway and St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue.

The Bloomingdale Library originally opened on June 3, 1896, as part of the New York Free Circulating Library and was incorporated into The New York Public Library system in 1901. Sixty years later, the branch moved to its current location — at 150 West 100 Street — where it continues to offer valuable resources, such as English language classes, early literacy programs, and popular teen workshops.

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