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A Community Resource

NYCEDC is spearheading the design and construction of the Charleston Library, part of the New York Public Library system. This is a sustainable, state-of-the-art community resource that will serve the South Shore of Staten Island. Located adjacent to the brand-new Fairview park, the library will feature:

  • Flexible community spaces for a variety of uses
  • A children’s room with computers, storytime area, stroller parking, and bathroom
  • A teens’ room with computers and lounge space
  • An adult reading room with computers, seats, park views
  • On-site programs, classes, and workshops for all ages
  • Multiple public restrooms and a water fountain
  • An entry plaza with bench seating
  • The artwork installation Curiouser by Mark Reigelman, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program
Charleston Library
Charleston Library

The planning process solicited public feedback through surveys and meetings, ensuring that the final designs met longstanding needs for new amenities and public resources in this fast-growing community.

By the Numbers


Square foot building with LEED Gold Certification pending

A Model of Sustainability

The library is designed with sustainability as a top priority. Its enhanced insulation, low-energy lighting, and solar panels on the roof set a model for energy efficiency—it will be the first net- zero energy library in New York City, meaning that the building creates more energy than it uses.