[Photos by Steven]
The Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street, is back in circulation on Monday morning at 11 (H/T EVG reader Terry!)...
The branch closed for upgrades this past Aug. 6.
According to a message to patrons from branch manager Kristin Kuehl at the time, workers were to install a new fire alarm and life-safety system. Given the building's age and landmark status, the project was expected to take six months. (An updated sign on the library's front door in January noted a closure through "late winter.")
And as always, leaving you with some history of the branch, cut-n-pasted from the LAST TWO Ottendorfer posts...
The Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library opened in 1884 as New York City's first free public library. Designed by German-born architect William Schickel, this landmark building combines Queen Anne and neo-Italian Renaissance styles with an exterior ornamented by innovative terracotta putti. The branch was a gift of Oswald Ottendorfer, owner of the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung newspaper.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Ottendorfer Library closing for 6 months to install new fire-suppression system
A visit to the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street