The Allerton Branch of The New York Public Library, which opened in January 1960, was designed by the architectural firm of Hertz and Salerni in conjunction with the New York City Department of Public Works. Fully accessible to people using wheelchairs, the two-floor brick limestone building houses a medium-sized library of 10,000 square feet. The adult, reference, and young adult areas are on the first floor, while the children’s collection and a separate story-hour room are located on the second. There is a 74-seat auditorium used for library programs in the basement.
A spruce up of the Allerton Library was completed in 2005 and provided a renovated children’s room, new computers with access to library resources and the Internet, new furniture, flooring, paint, and lighting, new-air conditioning, and a new roof. The nearly $500,000 renovation was made possible with funding from New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein, through a grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, The Brownstone Family Foundation, a grant from the New York State Education Department, and with funding from the Estate of Esther Manes.