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Uni Project and Brooklyn Public Library: Governors Island and More.

Governors Island

Thanks to a remarkable partnership between The Uni Project and all three of New York City’s public library systems—The Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library—there was an outdoor reading room on Governors Island in 2013, offering books, learning activities, and children’s programs in a distinctive Uni Tower. Visitors were able to borrow books, register for library cards, sign up for summer reading, and find out about each of the three library systems. Photos of the Uni being fabricated and delivered are here and here. More photos on Flickr.

Uni on Governors Island, NYC Summer 2013.After the 2013 season, the Brooklyn Public Library took possession of the Uni Tower and benches, and began using the kit across Brooklyn in locations ranging from homeless shelters to the 2013 Brooklyn Book Festival. Innovative outreach to communities and partnering with The Uni Project is part of the BPL’s current 5-year strategic plan.

In Summer 2014, with the BPL Uni tower at work on the mainland in Brooklyn, The Uni Project stepped in and provided a second Uni Tower so that the reading room on Governors Island could return for a second year. The BPL provided the books, staff, and also hosted a series of Saturday programs that included storytelling, performances, and music workshops. See photos from 2014.

Uni on Governors Island





Uni on Governors Island

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Brooklyn Public Library takes their Uni Tower for a spin

The Brooklyn Public Library brought their very own Uni Tower to the Brooklyn Book Festival today, creating a reading room on Borough Hall Plaza. BPL staff managed the deployment beautifully. I was ready to help, but I just took photos. No surprise there—this staff managed the Uni Tower all summer on Governors Island. It is […]


A check up for the Brooklyn Public Library’s Uni Tower

This morning, I went behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Public Library to give their new Uni Tower an inspection and tune up. The tower looks great after serving the public all summer on Governors Island in a collaboration between BPL, NYPL, and Queens Library. This tower belongs to BPL, and now they’re ready to […]

Governors Island Uni

A Uni lands in New York Harbor

Today, a little Uni took a big step, venturing by boat to an island in the middle of New York Harbor. I’m pleased (and just a little relieved) to announce that the installation of a Uni on Governors Island is complete. Below are the photos. Thanks to Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, with whom […]

Governors Island

Brooklyn, New York, and Queens Public Libraries to launch an outdoor reading room on Governors Island with Uni Project

A new Uni outdoor reading room will launch this Saturday, Jun 1, on Governors Island in NYC harbor, jointly run by all three NYC public library systems: the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library. We’ve provided a brand new Uni structure and start-up support, and they’ll provided staff and books and […]


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 600 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!