New York Public Library Unveils Renovation Plans For Fifth Avenue Building
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The New York Public Library has unveiled plans for a major renovation of its landmark Fifth Avenue building.
The plan by British architect Norman Foster's will open up space on the Bryant Park side of the iconic building.
The design will double the amount of public space and features a four-level atrium with views of Bryant Park.
The plan sparked some concern because it calls for the sale of the Mid-Manhattan Library across the street, which originally meant moving millions of books into storage.
The library revised its plan and will now create space to keep many of those books on site.
The renovation will make it a true lending library again, as it was from 1911 until 1981.
Construction is expected to begin next year and be finished in 2018.