The Atlantic Wire (Jul 5, 2013): Why the NYPL Is Being Sued

Why the New York Public Library Is Being Sued

Zach Schonfeld 4,634 Views Jul 5, 2013

The New York Public Library’s controversial renovation plan — which has attracted no shortage of public criticism over the past several months — is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by a group of preservationists and scholarsAiming to stop the library from removing its research stacks from its iconic Fifth Avenue building, the suit charges that the imminent plan not only violates its charter, which establishes the institution as a research facility rather than a circulation library, but “will surely doom the NYPL’s mission to serve the public’s research and reference needs.” Plus, it alleges, “if the stacks are destroyed, the books — the unique and distinguishing asset of the NYPL — can never be returned to their rightful place under the Rose Main Reading Room.”

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