New York has a brand-new public library with stunning views

New York has a brand new public library that has been thoughtfully designed as a modern civic structure that will be an inspiring place for learning.

The exterior of Hunters Point Community Library in New York
New York has a brand new public library © Paul Warchol

Hunters Point Community Library is a six-storey building on a waterfront site along the East River in Hunter's Point, Queens. The idea for a library here was first suggested by local community members in 1988, and they formed a committee to try to make it happen and it has now become a reality.

The exterior of Hunters Point library with many books on display
The library has free Wi-Fi and a collection of 50,000 books © Steven Holl Architects

Designed by Steven Holl Architects, its features include designer furniture by Eames and Jean Prouvé and an art installation by Julianne Swartz. The $41.5m (€38.06m) development has a silvery finish and offers views of Midtown Manhattan, and it's the 217th public library in New York, where libraries attract 37.7m people each year.

A view of Hunters Point Community Library and the Manhattan skyline
The $41.5m development has a silvery finish and offers views of Midtown Manhattan © Paul Warchol

The 22,000-square-feet building has a rooftop patio with tiered seating and a public park. It has free Wi-Fi and a collection of 50,000 books, and a series of different reading rooms and spaces tailored to adults, children and teenagers. This includes a cyber centre with 32 desktop computers and 12 laptops, and a dedicated floor for teenagers with a video gaming area and an event space.  

The interior of Hunters Point Community Library in New York complete with books and seating
Many of the reading rooms are designed as open spaces with ample natural light © Steven Holl Architects

The library is also home to the Hunters Point Environmental Center, an all-age programme about plant and marine life, recycling, pollution and composting. A mezzanine above the ground floor contains an adult reading section and a children's area, which has an early childhood area with toys and board books and regular programming. 

A view of Hunters Point Community Library and the Queens skyline from across the river
A view of Hunters Point Community Library from across the river © Paul Warchol

Many of the reading rooms are designed as open spaces with ample natural light, and there's a glassed-in quiet room. The interior is in a two-colour palette of bamboo wood and silver/grey, and magazines can be read in a terraced reading area that has couch seating and tables.

For further information on Hunters Point Community Library, please see here.