State Senator Brad Hoylman, whose district includes the 42nd Street Library and the Mid-Manhattan Library, has announced his opposition to the Central Library Plan:
I am deeply concerned about several of the proposed changes, notably the proposal to displace the historic stacks, dramatically reducing the number of readily available research volumes and increasing the wait times for materials. As a result, the Central Library’s function as one of the world’s premier research facilities will be significantly diminished.
I am also staunchly opposed to the the proposal to sell of the Mid-Manhattan Library and Science, Industry and Business Library branches and consolidate their contents within the Central Library in a space less than one-third their current combined size.
Thank you Senator Hoylman for your powerful and articulate statesment! Read the full statement here.