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LIBRARY’S RARE BOOKS COLLECTION CLOSING FOR RENOVATIONS

“One of the nation’s largest public collections of rare books is closing for renovations.Boston has begun undertaking a multi-million dollar effort to preserve the Boston Public Library’s historic Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. The nearly $16 million investment began with taking inventory of the department’s nearly 250,000 books and one million manuscripts. The next phase calls for renovations to better regulate temperature and humidity in the collection’s storage areas, staff spaces, conservation lab, and public reading room.” (via The Associated Press)

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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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