Academics Challenge $350M NY Public Library Renovation Plan

By Kaitlin Ugolik (July 3, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis and other academics launched a suit against the New York Public Library in state court Wednesday aiming to block the proposed $350 million renovation of the library's central branch.

The academics claim the library has removed at least 3.5 million books from stacks below the central library building in connection with its renovation plans, restricting access to research materials.

If the library continues with its plan, which includes demolishing the stacks and replacing the branch's research component with a circulating library, it will be in violation of the state Constitution and not-for-profit corporation laws, according...

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