How we work with NYC Libraries

How we work with NYC Libraries

The Uni Project is a 501c3 nonprofit that brings learning opportunities to public space in New York City. Using custom-designed installations, we pop up in parks, plazas, and other public spaces to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on experiences for New Yorkers of all ages. We partner with community-based organizations and city agencies, and we prioritize underserved locations. We do this work to improve the urban environment, strengthen communities, and make education a visible, enjoyable part of urban life.

Not only do we love books, we love libraries! As part of our work, we invite libraries and other cultural institutions to join us in public space, sharing our unique, open-air reading and learning environment. Over the years, we have partnered with all three NYC library systems, and last year we began a systematic effort to involve individual library branches in many of our deployments, supported in part with funds from The Charles H. Revson Foundation

Throughout the season, the Uni reaches more than 50 neighborhoods.

Here are some of the ways that librarians have participated with the Uni Project: 

  • Meeting community members and talking about the library branch
  • Offering library card sign ups
  • Reading to kids
  • Sharing flyers for upcoming library events and summer reading, etc.

If available, community partners can often provide tables and chairs for librarians. Interested in partnering with us? Contact Leah, and she will get you connected to a Uni event near your branch.



The Uni Project is the operating name (DBA) of Street Lab, a 501c3 nonprofit.