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.