Smallest branch of New York Public Library giving up title, moving into bigger space

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HARLEM, Manhattan — The smallest branch of the New York Public Library system is moving into a new home and losing its tiny claim to literary fame.

The 685-square-foot Macomb’s Bridge Library – located inside NYCHA’s Harlem River Houses in Manhattan – will move across the street to a space that’s nearly five times bigger by mid-2019, NYPL announced Thursday. NYCHA also owns the new library location.

The current location of Macomb’s Bridge Library opened in July of 1955. After Macomb’s Bridge Library’s move, the 2,130-square-foot Terence Cardinal-Cooke Cathedral Library, located in a Midtown East subway station on Lexington Avenue, will be the new smallest library title holder for the NYPL.

The NYPL system, which has 92 locations, only covers Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Queens and Brooklyn are served with separate library systems.

The NYPL believes the larger Macomb’s Bridge library could increase annual visits by 40 percent. Macomb’s Bridge currently has just 12 seats.