Due to the inclement weather, tonight’s Public Program, Beyond Books: Redefining the Civic Role of Public Libraries, is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and all tickets purchased will be refunded.


U.S. public libraries are redefining and expanding their roles in civic life to ensure community access to the vital information and tools needed to learn, create, and improve lives. Join us for a conversation on public libraries as hubs for civic engagement, with a focus on the innovative neighborhood libraries featured in By the People: Designing a Better America. Author and architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen will moderate a discussion between Zena Howard, principal and architect at Perkins+Will and project manager of two branch libraries for the D.C. Neighborhood Libraries project, and Nate Hill, executive director of Metropolitan New York Library Council and former deputy director of the Chattanooga Public Library.

Beyond Books: Redefining the Civic Role of Public Libraries is made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation

By the People: Designing a Better America is made possible by the generous support of

Additional support is provided by Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie, Deutsche Bank, Gensler, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Autodesk, and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Process Lab is made possible by major support from Alice Gottesman