The Committee to Save the New York Public Library has just issued “The NYPL Strikes Out,” a point-by-point refutation of claims made by the New York Public Library administration’s document: “Setting the Record Straight.” The NYPL distributed this document to its Trustees at the May 8th Trustees meeting, and also handed it out to participants in our rally outside the meeting.
To see both the Library’s document and our reply, please go to:
The NYPL’S Response and Our Reply.
The Library’s document is a response to The Truth About the Central Library Plan, our analysis of the NYPL’s plan to gut the 42nd Street Library and sell the Mid-Manhattan Library and Science, Industry and Business Library. Unfortunately, the NYPL’s response provides no new information and simply relies on the same unsubstantiated generalizations and half-truths that the Library has previously used to defend the plan. It fails even to address any of the facts we cite in our study.
The fact that the NYPL is unable to provide hard numbers to support the Central Library Plan provides yet more evidence that we need an independent analysis of both the plan and its less destructive (and more efficient) alternatives. Please see The NYPL’S Response and Our Reply for all the details!