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The New York Public Library Launches a Public Engagement Process in Planning Libraries for the Future
Board of Trustees Approves Next Phase of System-wide Plan, Including Educational Pilot Programs in Branches and Schematic Designs for the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
February 16, 2012— The New York Public Library’s plan to reimagine its libraries for the future is moving into its next phase, which includes a public engagement process to hear what users — from researchers to families to Library staff and patrons everywhere — want from their libraries.
Several education-based pilot programs at NYPL branches — including expanded ESOL, literacy, and after-school offerings — to meet the critical needs of New Yorkers at a time when many providers of these services are cutting back
Hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements to branches across the NYPL system
A focus on all NYPL branches as active, vibrant community hubs
The creation of the nation’s largest combined circulating and research library at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, a symbol of transformation across the system. The improved Library would double overall public space, double the workspace for scholars and researchers, and provide all users the opportunity to browse and check out books on a large scale for the first time in decades.