NYC’s Libraries Are Reopening This Month


New York Metropolis’s three public library techniques—Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—will “restore close to full service” this month. Which means all remaining places that have not beforehand reopened in some capability, will reopen with close to pre-pandemic hours and with comparable choices you loved earlier than 2020. Some pandemic insurance policies will stay, nevertheless — notably, every system can even proceed to waive overdue fines by at the very least September 2021, and they’re going to maintain practising COVID security protocols (together with mask-wearing). 

The NYPL—which serves Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx—will kick issues off in the present day, July sixth, by reopening the long-lasting Rose Most important Studying Room on the forty second Road library for the primary time because the pandemic shut all of it down final March. Of their announcement, they observe patrons will have the ability to “quietly sit, learn, analysis, suppose, examine, use computer systems”—a really comparable checklist of choices you had whereas in your house for the previous 12 months, certain, however now you are able to do all of it whereas surrounded by fellow New Yorkers.

Amidst the reopenings additionally comes a grand opening: there’s now a completely new public rooftop area, simply throughout from the forty second Road department on the NYPL’s Stavros Niarchos Basis Library (455 Fifth Avenue). The area may have a strict capability on the roof, working on a primary come, first served foundation, so put together to be turned away. Why? I imply, have you ever seen this factor? It is a stunner:

The new rooftop at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (455 Fifth Avenue).


The brand new rooftop at Stavros Niarchos Basis Library (455 Fifth Avenue).

Max Touhey / NYPL

The new rooftop at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (455 Fifth Avenue).


The brand new rooftop within the night!

John Bartelstone / NYPL

The new rooftop at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (455 Fifth Avenue).


And there are bushes on the roof.

Max Touhey / NYPL

Every system is rolling out their reopening just a little in another way, so this is a breakdown supplied by the libraries so what to anticipate in your borough:

Brooklyn Public Library

  • Starting on June 28, the Brooklyn Public Library will increase providers at an extra 14 branches together with entry to seating.
  • As of June 28, patrons can now browse the collections on the primary flooring, entry computer systems and printing, join library playing cards, choose up holds and return supplies in any respect branches within the borough which aren’t underneath development or being utilized by the town. Indoor seating will return to all these places between June 28 and July 2.
  • By July 17, patrons can entry all constructing flooring for shopping and seating, together with the brand new Enterprise and Profession Heart at Central Library. Patrons will not be restricted to the primary flooring and hours are increasing in any respect BPL places. The brand new hours of service will likely be: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Tuesday: 1–8 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm.
  • BPL will proceed to supply outside packages throughout heat climate.
  • The digital library stays in place.
  • Masks stay obligatory in any respect BPL places.

The New York Public Library (which covers the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island)

  • All accessible places will likely be open on Tuesday, July 6 (9 branches will likely be unavailable as a result of they’re underneath development or want repairs. These embody. Hunts Level and Melrose within the Bronx; Fort Washington, Grand Central, Hamilton Fish, Jefferson Market, and Terence Cardinal Cooke–Cathedral in Manhattan; and Port Richmond and Charleston in Staten Island. An extra 5 branches are presently in use by the town and can open as quickly as potential in July. These embody Riverdale, Mariners Harbor, St. Agnes, Dongan Hills, and Hamilton Grange)
  • All places will supply limitless shopping, desktop pc use, laptop computer mortgage, and basic library use, together with open seating.
  • In-person public packages and lessons will start being reinstituted in July. It might take a number of weeks and months to return to a full slate of indoor packages and lessons.Out of doors packages are being deliberate all through July. 
  • All analysis facilities are presently open by appointment solely; as of July 6, whereas appointments will nonetheless be required for many collections use (as they have been pre-pandemic), service will likely be expanded to allow some walk-in guests. For instance, those that wish to have interaction in quiet examine, thought, pc use, and so forth will have the ability to entry public studying rooms on the Stephen A. Schwarzman Constructing on forty second Road and Fifth Avenue, together with the long-lasting Rose Most important Studying Room. These trying to simply view the long-lasting room should enter as a part of an NYPL-led tour. Watch for up to date info on what every analysis heart requires and affords; it will likely be up to date within the coming weeks. 
  • The rooftop area on the newly-transformed Stavros Niarchos Basis Library (SNFL) at fortieth Road and Fifth Avenue will open. The renovated central circulating department, which formally opened on June 1, will now have almost all eight flooring open for close to pre-pandemic service (the exception is the Pasculano Studying Heart, which is able to open in September). There are strict capacities on the roof area, so it will likely be first come, first served.
  • Pre-pandemic hours are anticipated to return on Monday, July 19 (with some slight alterations contemplating present utilization patterns); patrons ought to examine earlier than visiting for probably the most up-to-date hours.
  • Masks stay obligatory in any respect NYPL places.

Queens Public Library

Beginning Tuesday, July 6:

  • COVID-related capability and shopping limits and distancing necessities lifted
  • Limitless shopping and buyer seating accessible in any respect open places
  • Laptop time restrict returns to 60 minutes
  • Masks will likely be optionally available for employees and clients who’re totally vaccinated and required for people who should not totally vaccinated.

Beginning Monday, July 12:

  • All accessible places will likely be open to the general public. Areas that will likely be unavailable to reopen on that date embody Court docket Sq., Flushing, Glendale, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queens Village, Queensbridge Tech Lab, South Jamaica, Steinway, and Woodhaven.
  • Public hours will likely be prolonged at every accessible location. For updates go to:
  • Digital packages and assets will proceed to be supplied at QPL, and planning for indoor public packages and lessons is underway.

For extra info in your library branches hours and reopening timeline, go to the library web sites at,, and