Seward Park Library Closing for ‘Branch Improvements’ Through the End of January

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Starting Wednesday, the Seward Park branch of the New York Public Library will temporarily close for a quick makeover. The month-long renovation project will address cosmetic issues within the century-old Lower East Side facility.

We are told that modifications include replacing the floors, installing new furniture, and overall painting. All on the main level, as the second floor children’s area was already updated years ago.

Bilingual announcements at the front gates indicate the closure period as running through January 30. In the interim, patrons can pick up their active holds at the Chatham Square Library. Regular service resumes Saturday, January 31 at 10am.

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The four-story library building is iconic, and was designated a landmark in 2013 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Its origin dates back to 1886 when the Aguilar Free Library Society opened a branch here. Two decades later, in 1909, the red brick Renaissance Revival building was opened to the public. The facility boasted a circulation of 425,571, which was the highest of any other NYPL location at the time.

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