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Notre Dame begins renovation of iconic Hesburgh library

“A renovation project has begun to update the University of Notre Dame’s 52-year-old main library by adding new technology to support digital research. The $10 million initial phase of the $40 million project also will add a north entrance to the 14-story Hesburgh Library and increase natural light, The South Bend Tribune reports. “I suspect this north entrance will be the main entrance for much of the campus,” University Librarian Diane Walker said.” (via Journal Gazette)

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DC plans public meeting on MLK library renovation

“Architects and library officials want to hear from the public about what they would like to see in a major renovation of the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington. The library is holding a public meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the central library for the public to share ideas. Library officials want to know what services, facilities and technology that patrons would like to see in the renovated library.” (via AP)

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New York Public Librarys Renovation Project Clears City, State Reviews

“The New York Public Librarys planned renovation project has cleared city and state reviews on the condition it develop an engineering plan to protect its famous reading room and create a historical record of its century-old book stacks before they are dismantled.The project still faces two lawsuits, and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio also has called for a financial review of the project.” (via WSJ)

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New York Public Library Delays Release of New Design

“The New York Public Library on Wednesday said that it is delaying the release of a new design for the controversial renovation of its landmark Fifth Avenue building. The Wall Street Journal in August reported that the library, in response to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, was developing a new design that would preserve a significant portion of them. The library’s president and chief executive, Anthony Marx, said then that the new design would be revealed this fall. The library now plans to release them “sometime after the New Year,” according to a statement posted to its website Wednesday.” (via WSJ)

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Milwaukee unveils new $20 million public library project

“Over the next five years, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is hoping to revamp the Milwaukee Public Library system with a $20 million proposal. The most notable project, announced Saturday, September 21st, is the replacement of four libraries — Forest Home, Mill Road, Capitol, and King. During tight financial times, Barrett says the city’s comptroller came up with a way to pay for the project. “By good management of our long-term debt and restructuring and taking advantage of refinancing over the last several years, we are not going to have to make, in this instance, cuts in other areas,” said Mayor Barrett.” (via FOX6Now.com)

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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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