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Upper East Side Patch City Begins Work On New Roosevelt Island Library by Brendan Krisel

City Begins Work On New Roosevelt Island Library

ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NY — The city has broken ground on a new facility that will double the amount of library space on Roosevelt Island, the New York Public Library announced this month.

The new Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library will occupy 5,200 square feet of space in a converted school building on 504 Main Street, just a few buildings over from the existing branch. Construction is expected to finish in late 2019, library officials said.

"The new space will be more than double the small but mighty branch that has served this unique and growing community for decades. It is the branch this community deserves, and we look forward to opening it next year," New York Public Library President Tony Marx said in a statement.

The new $7.8 million library will be fully ADA accessible and feature computer work stations, a reading area, a teen area, a children's room and a multi-use community room for events. The project will also result in exterior improvements such as new plantings, a book drop and a bench area that will double as a bus stop.

Funds for the project were allocated by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Ben Kallos and former City Council Member Jessica Lappin.

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The current Roosevelt Island Library opened in 1976 and joined the New York Public Library system in 1997. Despite its small size, the facility received about 81,000 visits in the past year, library officials said.

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