About the Uni Project

The Uni Project is a nonprofit committed to increasing access to books and learning opportunities through pop-up, open-air reading rooms. Based in New York City, we operate reading rooms that bring architect-designed structures, high quality books, and dedicated staff, to the city’s plazas, parks, and public spaces. We also ship reading room kits around the world so that others can copy our model.

The first Uni reading room was launched via a crowd-funding campaign and put into service on September 11, 2011. Since then, the project has deployed pop-up reading rooms nearly 60 times in New York City, with a focus on underserved neighborhoods and emerging public spaces. We’ve worked together with over 25 different neighborhood groups, and partnered with the Brooklyn, Queens, and New York public libraries. We’ve expanded our collection in partnership with museums. We’ve also shipped five other Uni reading rooms around the world, which are now run by public libraries and the US Consulate. The Uni has been hailed as a “groundbreaking idea” by Library Journal, and in 2013 was awarded an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation.

Our season runs from May through November. Follow us here. Support our work here.

The Uni is a project of Street Lab, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.