Ambitions Rekindled at Public Library

After a pause because of the economic downturn, the New York Public Library on Wednesday revived its $1 billion plan to overhaul its branches and renovate its Fifth Avenue flagship.

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Excerpt: With the expansion the main branch will become the largest circulating library in the United States, Mr. Marx said, with publicly accessible stacks. “We need to provide the opportunity to browse for books at a time when bookstores are closing,” he said, adding that “scholars and researchers should be able to enjoy the serendipity of what they find on the shelf.”

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