First "Green" New York Public Library Opens

By Mariel Smith
|  Monday, Apr 12, 2010  |  Updated 11:41 AM EDT
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First "Green" New York Public Library Opens

Tim Furzer

Inside the library.

It's the place to go if you want a book on how to be green.

Today's opening of the 88th New York Public Library branch in Battery City Park is the first of its kind in Manhattan to go green.

What makes the two-story building so environmentally friendly is the installation of low-energy heating and cooling system, low-energy lighting, and low-flow sinks and toilets.

“The striking new environmentally friendly library in Battery Park City is sure to quickly become a beacon for the community,” said Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library. “At a time when people are depending on libraries more then ever for free resources and job assistance the library is a crucial resource for the neighborhood.

The 10,000 square-foot library was designed by the firm 1100 Architects and is located at 175 North End Avenue, where visitors can see views of the Hudson River.

Tables, chairs, carpeting, and flooring were constructed with recyclable material such as off-cuts from window frames, old truck tires, belt buckles, parachute straps, and other previously used items.

Investment banking group Goldman Sachs gave a private donation of $3.5 million, while state and city funding covered the rest of the $6.7 million project.

Other features of the library include: 36 public-access computers, separate reading areas for kids, young adults, and adults, and a multi-use programming center on the second floor with two self-check out machines. 

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