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The Central Library Plan Deserves an Educated Public Debate

Seth Baum | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Seth Baum

The controversy surrounding the New York Public Library's Central Library Plan has recently gained steam. What is most important is that the plan receives the educated public debate it deserves -- debate that has scarcely yet occurred.

A Tour of the NYPL Stacks

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 04.04.2014 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

Yesterday I was invited to tour the stacks at the 42nd Street Library as part of a delegation from the PEN American Center, which the NYPL is hoping t...

A Reprieve for the Stacks

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 09.14.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

Photo @Eric Walton      This was an eventful day in the struggle to preserve the Research Division of the New York P...

NYC Mayoral Candidates on the Central Library Plan

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 07.15.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

The branch libraries that have been deaccessioned in recent years have been sold below market value, leaving room for speculation that their sale had more to do with real estate deals and construction contracts than with the public good.

Second Lawsuit Filed Against NYPL

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

As has been pointed out repeatedly over the last two weeks, it's hard to imagine how service for scholars can be improved by shipping the research materials they depend on for their work across state lines.

Lawsuit Filed to Save NYPL From Demolition

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

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.

Saving the New York Public Library

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

It's no wonder that the NY State Assembly's Committee on Libraries and Education Technology convened for more than seven hours for the "The Sale of Public Libraries in New York City" hearing.

A Library for the People

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Susan Bernofsky

All of New York's major university libraries are currently closed to the public. This applies even to the City University of New York, NYC's public university.