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A study of the large and disparate building stock of the three New
York City library systems (New York Public Library, Queens Library,
and Brooklyn Public Library) resulted in a strategic framework for
improving any branch library with solutions tailored to each site. The
fieldwork required to prepare the study included observing branch
libraries in use; analyzing their structures, spatial arrangements, and
use; and discussing operations and maintenance with the staff and
administration.
This analysis highlighted issues that can be found in all branch libraries, whether they are Andrew Carnegie-funded classical structures,
small cinderblock "Lindsay boxes" built during Mayor John Lindsay's
administration, storefront operations, or spaces even more ad hoc in nature. The study's six core opportunities for improving all branch libraries
are increased transparency and access, a resource hub near the entry,
optimization of floor area for people and programming, a community
room within the branch, a 24/7 self-service vestibule space, and exterior
space for offering patrons basic amenities such as WiFi and power.
The final component of the study applied these general strategies to
four branch libraries across the city. At the core of the study is the belief
that when branch libraries are transformed from within, while respecting realistic parameters and their context, they can be reinvented as
even more cherished, progressive, and accessible resources for everyone.

Andrew Berman Architect

ANDREW BERMAN ARCHITECT
NEW YORK, NY

PROJECTS MERIT

RE-ENVISIONING BRANCH LIBRARIES
DESIGN STUDY

Andrew Berman Architect Design Team
Andrew Berman, AIA, Vinci So, Moojin Park
Collaborators
Neil Donnelly, AEA Consulting, Auerbach
Pollock Friedlander, Library Consultant Library
Development Solutions, The Architectural League
of New York, Center for an Urban Future

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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