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New York Public Library launches a public engagement process in planning libraries for the future

NEW YORK, NY.- 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. The Library’s Board of Trustees authorized last night the design and implementation of key pilot projects for new and expanded branch programming. The Board also authorized the start of the schematic design process by renowned architects Foster + Partners for the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Both steps are central to a system-wide vision to create open, community-focused, democratic libraries of opportunity throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The plan — first proposed in 2008 — now includes: • Several education-bas