Elmhurst Library
10:00 am
11:00 am
Marpillero Pollak Architects, 2016

The new 30,000-sf Elmhurst Library building doubles the size of the current facility, the second busiest circulating library in the Queens Library network. It provides state-of-the-art technology and inviting, comfortable spaces with careful attention to material qualities, durability, and acoustics. Its animated circulation spaces engage landscape and city, promoting activity and encounters at multiple scales.

The new building reconciles the large size of contemporary buildings, while engaging the small scale of historical structures from the early days of Queens villages with two glazed Reading Rooms. The Park Reading Room at the center of building and site visually joins park and garden, while the Broadway Reading Room overlooks the activity of the street, engaging passersby with artist Allan McCollum’s 20’ x 20’ “Shapes” wall installation.

Saturday Tour Info: OpenDialogue tours with Marpillero Pollak Architects will last approximately 45 min.
This site is part of the special series Celebrating Civic Excellence, highlighting buildings completed or renovated through the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s Design + Construction Excellence program. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring places for book-lovers? You may also enjoy the Center for Book Arts, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image Credit: Taigo Itadani