The Uni has just been covered in this very thorough article in Places Journal surveying the recent wave of “little libraries” and tactical urbanism.

Quoted in the article, Sam cites Project for Public Spaces’ “lighter, quicker, cheaper” principle as part of our inspiration for the Uni after the Storefront Library. The piece also quotes Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Director and Chief Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, on our partnership to bring the Uni to Borough Hall Plaza in Brooklyn in 2011 and how the BPL is “looking to get more nimble.” We aim to help him do that in the years ahead.

We appreciate how the article, by Shannon Mattern of The New School, captures characteristics that we think make the Uni stand out, including a focus on community and institutional partnerships, and a dedication to doing this work over the long haul. Cheers.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!