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New York Public Library Rethinks Design

“The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal about alternatives it had considered to the $300 million renovation, which has sparked two lawsuits brought by scholars and preservationists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, aiming to block the stacks’ destruction.” (via WSJ.com)

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Library Fires Back at Historians Suing to Block Renovation

“The New York Public Library fired back at a group of scholars and writers suing to stop its planned renovation, arguing in a court filing Friday that the historians have their history wrong. The library is facing two separate lawsuits aiming to stop it from dismantling the 102-year-old book stacks in its landmark Fifth Avenue building in a $300 million renovation.” (via WSJ)

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Shrinking the Library System Is A Loss for New Yorkers

“The usage of New York City’s libraries is way up: 40 percent programmatically, nearly 60 percent in terms of circulation. The public demand for physical books is up too. More people visited public libraries in New York than every major sports team and every major cultural institution combined. Why then are we selling city libraries and shrinking the library system? Why are libraries being underfunded, when we know the they cost a fraction of the city’s budget to fund them.”via Huffington Post)

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NY LIBRARY SELLING 22,000 VINYL LPS FOR $1 EACH

“Hundreds of vinyl-record aficionados descended on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday for a rare sale of LPs from the library’s collection. The three-day sale of 22,000 records started Thursday. It’s intended to clear out space and to raise money for future acquisitions and for preserving the library’s collection, curator Jonathan Hiam said.” (via The Associated Press)

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Tiny New York City library hurts for space as flagship gets $300 million makeover

“The Macomb’s Bridge Library in New York has just 10 laptop computers. The 61 shelves are crammed with books. The librarian’s office is smaller than most bathrooms. If the four-member staff wants to put on a puppet show or hold a special screening, their options are stacking tables they have up against a wall to clear some space, or taking the event outside.” (via NY Daily News)

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Renovations at NY Public Library strike a nerve

“Like the famous marble lions out front, the New York Public Librarys flagship building has long symbolized serene endurance in the service of knowledge. But plans for a major change within the landmark have kindled an intellectual culture clash over its direction and the future of libraries themselves.The $300 million-plus proposal entails moving millions of books out of the Fifth Avenue buildings storied research stacks and into storage to make way for a lending library with other volumes, computers and a cafe.” (via AP)

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New York Public Library fighting to retrieve baseball artifacts stolen by thieves and sold online

“Here’s a New York mystery for the books. Baseball artifacts stolen 40 years ago from the main branch of the New York Public Library are popping up online, and the FBI appears as stumped as a grade-schooler deciphering the Dewey Decimal System. The library is missing several hundred relics donated by baseball magnate Albert Spalding’s widow in 1921 — including a $50,000 photo of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, ancient baseball cards and letters to and from one of baseball’s founding fathers, Harry Wright.” (via NYPOST.com)

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Rethinking Andrew Carnegie’s Library Gift to New York City

“They were meant as a generous gift: 67 library branches across New York City, funded with $5 million given by Andrew Carnegie after the turn of the 20th century. Built with decorative flourishes and grand entrances, dozens still stand as stately ideals of a public edifice. But sometimes, the industrialist’s gift can feel like a burden. The so-called Carnegie branches, built between 1902 and 1929, are costlier than others to repair, maintain and upgrade, said officials with the city’s three library systems. The buildings generally aren’t handicapped accessible, and their layouts don’t always serve modern needs. Many are landmarked, making renovations pricier.” (via WSJ.com)

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation

“A group of scholars and preservationists including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian have filed a lawsuit to prevent the removal of century-old book stacks from the New York Public Library’s landmark building on Fifth Avenue as part of a planned $300 million renovation. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, seeks a court injunction to stop the library from proceeding with preparatory or demolition work, and to bar city officials from providing funding for the renovation.” (via Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation)

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The New York Public Library reopens its newly-renovated and expanded Stapleton branch with celebration on June 11

“The New York Public Library has reopened its Stapleton branch on Staten Island, offering patrons a newly-renovated library that is more than double its original size, and that seamlessly combines the charm of an original “Carnegie Library” with a beautiful and highly-functional modern addition. The one-story, 12,000-square foot branch at 132 Canal Street was officially opened in a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 11 with community leaders and library staff. The United States Coast Guard participated in the event, attended by excited residents and nearby students. A day of public programs for all ages followed.” (via The New York Public Library)

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