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New York - Opponent Sue Over NYC Library Renovation Plan

Published on: July 5, 2013 09:59 AM
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Rendering of the designs for the controversial renovation, which would re-locate millions of books and open up to the public a section of the library previously occupied by stacks. COURTESY FOSTER+PARTNERSRendering of the designs for the controversial renovation, which would re-locate millions of books and open up to the public a section of the library previously occupied by stacks. COURTESY FOSTER+PARTNERS

New York - A group of preservationists and scholars has filed a lawsuit to stop the New York Public Library from removing millions of books from the Fifth Avenue building’s research stacks.

The books’ removal is part of a $300 million plan to renovate the landmark Manhattan building. The plan would turn the main library into a circulating library by selling two nearby branches and folding their operations into the main building.

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The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. It seeks a court injunction to prevent the library from proceeding with the demolition work. It also seeks to bar the city from providing funding for the renovation.

It says “destruction of the stacks ... will surely doom the NYPL’s mission to serve the public’s research and reference needs.”

Library officials say the redevelopment is essential to the library’s future.


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 Jul 05, 2013 at 10:29 AM Anonymous Says:

The stacks are important too! Stop wasting money making the libraries look nicer. It's usage that matters, not winning beauty contests!

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 11:48 AM ayoyo Says:

Get rid of those officials of the library that want to innovate (improve) it . Ther'e the same type that had to build the new W.T.C. tower instead of improving the roads and bridges

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 10:04 PM Academic Says:

World class reference libraries must be preserved.
You can borrow popular books anyplace.
To do research you need all your material in one place, all available within the hour.
I was once doing research there and needed an 18th century journal article, which was made available to me in a special room almost immediately and which allowed me to complete the work.
It would have been impossible to achieve that end in any other way.

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