Located at an activated corner in the community, the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights Branch represents a welcoming change for the neighborhood landmark. Gensler’s redesign of the 27,000-square-foot library, the largest branch in Brooklyn, transformed an outdated space into an inspiring, light-filled space that serves as an axis of community connection for Brooklyn Heights.
The library redesign creates a welcoming space for all including local schools, community organizations, families, and individuals. The library design helps to carve out distinct areas for patrons. Connected by a prominent feature stair, the mezzanine overlooks the ground floor and offers an environment dedicated to teens with a lounge, game room, and focus on young adult books. The mezzanine also offers conference rooms available for community events. The lower level houses children’s library, a playful space with modular furniture and a branded mural, as well as the library’s internal offices and a large multipurpose room for community events.