NYC’s First Green Library Now Open in Kensington


Yesterday the brand-new, 18,000–square-foot Kensington Public Library had its grand opening at 4211 18th Avenue. This is Brooklyn’s first newly constructed library in almost 20 years. What’s more, it was designed with many green elements: the library is LEED Silver certified, there’s an emphasis on natural light through large skylights, and the paint, sealants and materials used are environmentally friendly. The library also features large multipurpose rooms, 24 new computers, WiFi access throughout, four self-checkout machines, and three book return slots. The building design already won an Award for Excellence in Design of a Public Project from the Art Commission of the City of New York. Check out an interior shot after the jump!

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