Update from the Committee to Save the New York Public Library

July 15, 2013

Dear Library Supporter,

In recent weeks there have been so many developments in the effort to stop the Central Library Plan, it’s been hard to keep up!  So here is a re-cap, as well as ways you can get involved.

Bill de Blasio Takes Our Side!

Last Friday Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio announced his opposition to the Central Library Plan (CLP).  He held a press conference in front of the main library at 42nd Street, expressing concern that the removal of the stacks from the 42nd Street Library and the sale of branch libraries will significantly reduce services and limit public accessibility.  In a letter to Mayor Bloomberg, de Blasio called for an independent audit of the costs associated with the CLP.  For more information, click here:


Legal Action Halts Stacks Removal – For Now:

Two lawsuits have recently been filed against the CLP.  One requests all work be stopped until all proper permits were filed.  The other claims that the removal of the stacks is a violation of a 1978 agreement between the NYPL and the State of New York.  The lawsuits have been covered widely in the press.  Follow these links for press releases and press coverage on each suit:

Opponents Sue to Block New York Public Library Renovation Plan

New York Times
Published: July 4, 2013

New York Public Library is Sued Over Book Plan
New York Times
Published: July 10, 2013

 Independent Review Promised Following Public Hearing Called by Micah Kellner!

Following the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Libraries and Education Technology hearing on June 27, at which over 50 people testified in opposition to the CLP, NYPL president Anthony Marx promised to commission an independent review of the cost of the CLP and to release an analysis of the costs of rehabilitating the Mid-Manhattan, and branch libraries across the city.  This is a huge victory, and has long been one of our demands; the NYPL’s agreement to engage in such a review is an important step forward. We are confidant that facts and clear analysis will defeat this destructive plan.  The headline of the New York Times’ excellent article about the hearing sums up the situation: “Critics Prompt New Review of Library Plan.”  This is happening because of the work that all of you have done to oppose the Central Library Plan.  For more information about the hearing, see these articles:

Critics Prompt New Review of Library Plan
New York Times
Published: June 27, 2013

CSNYPL Website:
NYPL Agrees to Independent Review of Central Library Plan!
Posted on July 1, 2013

Video of the hearing can be accessed here:

Upcoming Events:

 Tuesday, July 16, 1:00-1:40: The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC will feature a segment on the NYPL’s Central Library Plan.  Scott Sherman, David Levering-Lewis, and Michael Kimmelman will be guests.  Please comment on the show page that will be put up shortly before hand.  The show’s producers judge public interest in topics by how many people comment, so please lend your voice to the discussion! http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/

Thursday, July 18, 12:30-2:00: Canvass the Mid-Manhattan Library, 40th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Please email us at info@savenypl.org if you’re able to come, so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.

 Take Action!

Please send an email or letter to Commissioner Rose Harvey at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, to let her know you don’t want the New York Public Library to remove the stacks from the 42nd Street Library. Urge her to draw a line in the sand with respect to this National Historic Landmark, which deserves the highest level of consideration and sensitivity.  Urge her to require that alternatives to drastically altering the building be investigated.

 Mailing Address:
Commissioner Rose Harvey
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Albany, NY  12238

Website Contact Form:

Please email or call Bill de Blasio’s office and thank him for speaking out against the CLP!  Contact America Canas, Director of Constituent Services, at acanas@publicadvocate.nyc.gov, or call 212 669 7250.

Please email or call Micah Kellner’s office and thank him for calling the State Assembly committee public hearing on the sell off of New York City’s public libraries on June 27.  Contact Assemblyman Kellner at KellnerM@assembly.state.ny.us, or call 212 860 4906.

Please Donate!  The Committee to Save the New York Public Library is a volunteer-run organization but every little bit helps! Thank you everyone who has supported our efforts.  Together we can stop this plan!  Please visit the Donate page on our website at: http://www.savenypl.org/donate/

Thank you,

 The Committee to Save the New York Public Library
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY  10003
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on twitter: @saveNYPL

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