Public Library Abandons Plan to Revamp 42nd Street Building

Public Library Abandons Plan to Revamp 42nd Street Building – NYTimes.com

 

The New York Public Library has abandoned its controversial plan to turn part of its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library. CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

 

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In a striking about-face, the New York Public Library has abandoned a renovation plan that would have turned its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library and instead will rebuild the Mid-Manhattan library on Fifth Avenue, several library trustees said.

“When the facts change, the only right thing to do as a public-serving institution is to take a look with fresh eyes and see if there is a way to improve the plans and to stay on budget,” Tony Marx, the library’s president, said Wednesday in an interview.