January 27, 2022

New York Public Library is Firm on Plans for Renovation (Central Library Plan)

From The Wall Street Journal:

The New York Public Library fired back at a group of scholars and writers suing to stop its planned renovation, arguing in a court filing Friday that the historians have their history wrong.

The library is facing two separate lawsuits aiming to stop it from dismantling the 102-year-old book stacks in its landmark Fifth Avenue building in a $300 million renovation.


Officials have said in court that the work won’t begin until the completion of an environmental review by the city, now under way. In its court filing Friday, the library estimated that a further six-month delay caused by a lawsuit would increase the cost of the project by about 2%, or “many millions of dollars.”

The library Friday also served the plaintiffs of the first lawsuit with a response that hasn’t yet been filed in court. The first suit was filed July 3 by a separate group of scholars and preservationists going by the name NYC Libraries Legal Defense Committee, although they are not listed under that name on the lawsuit.

Read the Complete Report from the WSJ

See Also: Another Lawsuit Filed To Stop New York Public Library Renovation (Central Library Plan) (July 11, 2013)

See Also: New York: Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation (July 4, 2013)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.