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Design Update &’s “Voices of Support” Page


In June, NYPL announced that the Library and its architect, Foster & Partners, had listened closely to feedback on the design renderings that had been released in December 2012 and were pursuing a significantly revised approach for the renovation the 42nd Street library (Schwarzman Building).

We are excited about the progress of the new design. A central goal is to retain a significant portion of the historic book stacks, so they can be open to the public for the first time and hold books for users to browse and borrow.

The design work is complex, and we are committed to getting it right to provide a transformative library experience for our users. Accordingly, our schedule has changed. We now expect to unveil the new design sometime after the New Year.

In June we also announced that the Library would commission third-party expert estimates on the cost of renovating the Mid-Manhattan Library and the Schwarzman Building’s central stacks. These estimates will be released upon their completion.

Throughout this period we have continued to meet with many stakeholders to receive their input. Many have offered words of support for the renovation - including library leaders throughout the city, Urban Librarians Unite, and the Building and Constructions Trades Council of New York. Our new “Voices of Support” page on’s renovation section includes a sampling of the support the plan is receiving.

The New York Public Library is evolving - to adapt to our changing city, to embrace the changing ways that our communities use our library, and to ensure that in the years ahead the Library is able to build on the tremendous impact it has had on our city, and the world at large. We look forward to continuing to provide updates on this project and the range of NYPL initiatives we are undertaking to build tomorrow's library.

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