NYC Public Library Plans

This article is from Lauren Tappan:
Renovations at New York Public Library strike a nerve.
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 building’s storied research stacks and into storage to make way for a lending library with other volumes, computers and a cafe.

Library officials say it will save the research books and millions of dollars and adapt the grand building further to the wired world. But a roster of scholars, preservationists and other critics suspect the library of masking a real estate ploy as a public benefit and say the project will turn a singular institution into “library lite.”

For more info: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/01/renovations-new-york-public-library-strike-nerve/

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