As part of a systemwide shakeup, the Brooklyn Public Library has announced that branches will be moving, downsizing and/or consolidating, as the system shifts to digital media and services.
Among the targets is Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza branch, according to a report late Tuesday in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. It is confirmed that the branch’s business library will abandon the borough’s Downtown business district, while the Brooklyn Heights branch will be temporarily relocated (at the least)—while the building they share may be sold to a developer.
Library spokesperson Jason Carey told the Eagle’s Mary Frost:
“The Brooklyn Heights/Business Library branch has become extremely costly to maintain and difficult to operate. In fact, last summer we were forced to close the branch entirely or early on 30 different days (because of its kaput air-conditioning system). All told the branch is in need of $9 million for repairs, funding we do not currently have given our limited capital budget for work throughout the borough.”
Carey says the library is considering “whether it would make sense to work with a developer on a project that would include a new library at this location,” while “any project would involve an interim service location during construction.”
Further, a “library insider” told the Eagle that the city-owned two-story library building would likely be sold by 2017 “to a developer who will put a library on the first floor.” (Photo: BDE)