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Preservation Battles

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Many writers and intellectuals have argued against the remake of the New York Public Library's main branch on the grounds that the proposed design, which would remove the stacks in favor of a circulating library, would be terrible for researchers. Now they've formalized those complaints in a lawsuit, which argues that getting rid of the stacks (and the books in 'em, to be stored off-site) would "irrevocably alter the architectural integrity of the central library, a New York City landmark and a national historic landmark." The library hadn't actually read the suit when questioned yesterday, but the library's president has already said the NYPL is looking at alternate designs. [NYT; previously]