Monday, Feb 26th

Friends of the Scarsdale Library Plan Enhanced Outdoor Spaces

LibraryPlanSince its reopening, the Scarsdale Public Library (SPL) has quickly become a bustling hub of activity, and a vital community center with something for every Scarsdale resident to enjoy. From author talks, film screenings, and exercise classes; to teen study nights, a new Maker’s Space, sensory playtimes, and so much more, the library clearly utilizes all of its beautifully renovated spaces. It may be hard to imagine what could make the new library even better, but in October of 2023, the SPL and The Friends of the Scarsdale Library (FOSL) announced plans to augment the library’s outdoor space by turning the park-like setting around the library, into a true campus which will provide spaces for people to gather and meet outdoors nearly all year-round.

According to the FOSL, “The pandemic helped us appreciate that the Library building itself is just the centerpiece of an entire campus and there is so much more that we can do to make it an incredible asset for our community by maximizing the space outdoors.”

Some of the plan’s upgrades include features like:

▪ Spaces for outdoor programming including a pavilion and performance patio
▪ Increased seating around the property for work and relaxation
▪ A story walk for children
▪ A wall along Olmsted Road to allow families to safely enjoy the expansive library lawn
▪ Revitalized wetlands and woodlands habitats, including native plantings
▪ Other safety features like improved walkways and traffic calming measures


For more in depth details about the Library in the Park Campaign please visit here:

Of course all of these exciting enhancements rely on the generosity of donors, and to create and maintain this new campus oasis, the FOSL aims to raise between $2 and $3 million dollars. Though, according to FOSL Co-President Stacey Mayer, they have secured “over $1.9M in committed gifts and should be signing the new architect contracts this month,” the FOSL continues to offer naming opportunities to interested community members and businesses. To learn more about exciting naming opportunities, contact the Campaign Committee:


Leave a Comment

Share on Myspace