Arthur H. Kunz began his career with the Nassau County Planning Department in 1958, and started working at the Suffolk County Planning Department in 1966. Throughout his career, he worked to balance development and environmental protection. He was Planning Director and the department head of the Suffolk County Planning Department for the years 1989 to 1993. After Kunz’ passing in 1993, the Suffolk County Legislature dedicated the Arthur Kunz Memorial Library. Because Arthur Kunz was known to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Long Island, it is fitting that a Long Island reference library was named in his honor.
Located within the offices of the Suffolk County Division of Planning and Environment, the Arthur Kunz Memorial Library contains current and historical reports spanning a variety of planning-related topics. Most of the reports in the library focus on Suffolk County or the Long Island region. This reference library is organized by subject matter and the research subjects in the library include:
- Town, Village, and Local Plans
- Urban Planning Reference Books
- New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and Urban Design
- Land Use
- Land Use Control
- Commercial and Industrial Development
- Census Data
- Data Books
- Public Finance
- Local Government Reports
- Solid Waste
- Coastal Zone Management
- Open Space
- Proceedings of the Suffolk County Legislature
Some of the library’s publications are available in pdf format at the publications page of the Suffolk County Division of Planning and Environment.
To visit the library, please request an appointment using the contact information above.