The New York Public Library’s Future: A Private Tour for Funders

Thursday, April 18, 2013 -
9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
The New York Public Library 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
The New York Public Library 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
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For over one hundred years, New Yorkers and citizens of the world have ascended the iconic steps of The New York Public Library’s Fifth Avenue building to seek out and be inspired by the vast treasures held within its walls. In the coming years, The New York Public Library will re-imagine the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, adding a vast, new state-of-the-art circulating library to the world-renowned research divisions, creating the largest combined research and circulating library in the nation. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the plan will more than double the building’s open public areas and is expected to produce a three-fold increase in the use of the building, bringing in an estimated 3.5 million visitors annually.  It will result in the largest, most important new space in New York City in a generation and, in the words of former New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff, “no project today is more important to the civic identity of New York.”

Participants are invited to

  • Take a private look at the schematic designs for the Central Library Plan and hear NYPL President Tony Marx describe the vision for the new space;
  • Tour some of the spaces to be renovated and opened to the public; and
  • Go behind the scenes to see a selection of NYPL’s most treasured rare books, hand-picked by the curator of The New York Public Library’s Rare Book Division.
This program is part of Philanthropy New York's New York Adventure Series.
This program is "Partially Open."



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