About Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
The New York Public Library’s largest circulating branch—the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) fully opened to the public in 2021 after undergoing a full-scale renovation. Located at the site of the former Mid-Manhattan Library, the new, state-of-the-art library features eight floors of amenities and services, including four floors of general collections and reading rooms, thanks to a generous gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and support by the City. Visitors got their first initial glimpse of the building in July 2020 when the first floor opened for grab-and-go service, and in May 2021, the Thomas Yoseloff Business Center on the fifth floor opened for appointments. On June 1, 2021, the lower level through the fourth floor opened for expanded service, including limited browsing and by-appointment computer use, giving New Yorkers their first look at most spaces and amenities of their new central circulating library. The building has been designed and constructed to meet LEED standards, and is in the process of obtaining certification.
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The new and improved Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library will features eight floors of offerings—including four floors of general collections and reading rooms, as well as the following brand new amenities:
Dedicated Children's Center & Teen Center
- Teen Recording Studio & Media Lab
- Teen Study Rooms
- Youth Program Rooms
- Personal Finance & Investing
- Small Business Research
- Career Services
- English Language & Literacy
- Technology & Media Training
- studio40 Multimedia Studio
- Event Center & Café