The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library reopens in Midtown Manhattan

Long overshadowed—architecturally speaking—by its Beaux-Arts big sister located just across the way, New York Public Library (NYPL)’s largest circulating branch, the former Mid-Manhattan Library, is now ready to show of its $200 million renovation headed by Francine Houben of Dutch firm Mecanoo and New York’s own Beyer Blinder Belle. Today’s ribbon-cutting and grand public opening of the revamped library, now the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), comes just weeks after Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch fully reopened to the public following a similarly transformative interior refresh.

The highly anticipated opening of the SNFL is part of a larger overhaul of the NYPL’s Midtown Manhattan campus meant to better unify

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