Book Buzz February 15, 2012: New York Public Library Revives its Overhaul Plans

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Ambitions Rekindled at Public Library

Source: NYT, 2-15-12

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
“We are ready to re-engage toward executing our plans,” said Anthony W. Marx, who became the library’s president in July.

The New York Public Library on Wednesday rekindled its ambitious $1 billion plan to overhaul its branches and renovate its Fifth Avenue flagship.
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Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

The plan would involve selling two of the system’s libraries and designing a new circulating library inside the main branch, above.

The plan, which will now involve selling two of the system’s best-known libraries — the Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry and Business Library — was announced in 2008, when it was expected to be substantially completed by 2014. But the plan languished because of the economic downturn and changes in the library’s leadership.

On Wednesday, though, the board gave the British architect Norman Foster approval to proceed with the next stage of designing a new circulating library inside the main branch to replace the Mid-Manhattan operation. It would be built below the Rose Reading Room, overlooking Bryant Park.

The board also approved a pilot program to expand educational programming at branch libraries.

“We are ready to re-engage toward executing our plans,” said Anthony W. Marx, who became the library’s president in July….READ MORE

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