We've built some cool new hardware that will let us put books in new places, even faster.

New Uni hardware moves us faster. Prototype on ground now.

We’re approaching our 60th deployment of the Uni reading room since launching in 2011. We plan to hit 120 in 2014, and our goal is ambitious: serve every community that invites the Uni and have zero declines due to scheduling conflicts. The next step is clear: the Uni needs to be capable of serving multiple neighborhoods at once.

This weekend, we took a major step in that direction. Saturday morning, the Uni divided itself “in two” (structure, staff, collection, benches, bookmarks, everything), and we served the neighborhoods of Corona and Ozone Park simultaneously. (Note: this feat required only a single truck—efficiencies of scale kick in rapidly.)

We could not have done it without veteran librarians, Stephanie Yee and Emily Jacobson, on Corona Plaza. Surrounded by a hectic market, smoke from food vendors, and a Dia de los Muertos celebration, Stephanie and Emily managed the Uni beautifully and even took photos for the blog. Thanks also to our host, Queens Museum.

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Stephanie dives into the Origami Cube with some new friends.

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Uni Librarian Emily worked with us throughout the summer, and she knows just how to mix reading with other learning activities.

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Pride. I can’t tell you how many mothers take pictures of their kids reading at the Uni.

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Thank you Corona. Great work Emily and Stephanie. Read on NYC.

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 www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!