Now it’s a fight.
The scholars-vs-bookworms battle over the future of the main branch of the New York Public Library has already raged for more than a year in high-toned op-eds and essays, and now it’s spilling over into the courts.
A group of academics and preservationists has filed a lawsuit to stop the removal of 3 million non-circulating research books from the seven floors of structural steel shelves lovingly known as “the stacks.”
Lawsuit Filed to Save NYPL From Demolition
Posted: 07/08/2013 1:10 pm
In the aftermath of last week’s NY State Assembly hearing about the future of public libraries in Manhattan and Brooklyn, a group of concerned scholars has just filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing what many see as the destruction of the research library and the selling off of public library branches to private investors.
A Tour of the Stacks
On Sunday, December 5, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building was the site of the 2010 Holiday Open House, the Library’s annual thank-you celebration for donors at the Friends level ($40) or above. Besides enjoying building-wide party fun, attendees were offered a rare opportunity to glimpse a part of the Library that is normally hidden from public view: the building’s central stacks that lie beneath the Rose Main Reading Room. As a “tour guide” on one of the 18 enormously popular stack tours, I thought it would be fun to share my “patter” with a wider audience.
So, good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to The New York Public Library’s Holiday Open House! The Stack Tour begins at the far end of the North Hall of the Rose Main Reading Room, and here’s how it goes.
HDC’s Statement on the NYPL’s Central Library Plan
NYPL’s Central Library Plan
The New York Public Library is an institution that embodies the altruistic principle that education is the great societal elevator. It was founded in the belief that everyone should have access to the resources necessary for self-improvement. Unfortunately, with the NYPL’s pursuit of the Central Library Plan, it appears that mission may have become a thing of the past.
In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions
Robert Wright for The New York Times
By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
None of New York’s great buildings embody the spirit of the city more than the New York Public Library, the cherished century-old Beaux-Arts landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. But cities change — New York all the time — and even the greatest buildings may need to change with them. So it was that more than four years ago the library announced a $250 million plan (since revised upward to $300 million and still rising).
Undertaking Its Destruction
There is no more important landmark building in New York than the New York Public Library, known to New Yorkers simply as the 42nd Street Library, one of the world’s greatest research institutions. Completed in 1911 by Carrère and Hastings in a lavish classical Beaux Arts style, it is an architectural masterpiece. Yet it is about to undertake its own destruction. The library is on a fast track to demolish the seven floors of stacks just below the magnificent, two-block