The New York Public Library: The Personal Side of Public Libraries

WSJ – “Passions are being roiled around the city by what some see as the nefarious actions of the trustees of the New York Public Library. The story to date: to consolidate its holdings, update its infrastructure and strengthen its endowment, the NYPL intends to sell two large mid-town branches, and to oust seven stories of closed stacks in the main research library on 42nd and Fifth to make room for a lending library, and maybe a coffee shop. There are good reasons to deplore certain aspects of this plan, as NYPL trustee Robert Darnton notes in his measured essay in the June 7 issue of The New York Review of Books. Chief among these is the loss of storage space – according to Darnton, approximately half of the books now stored in the stacks will be moved to the ReCAP facility in Princeton, requiring researchers to order them twenty-four hours in advance.”

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