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British architect Norman Foster’s plan will open up space in the back of the building that is now occupied by stacks. There will be a four-level atrium with views of Bryant Park.
“The greatest renovation that this building has seen in its history,” said library President Tony Marx.
The renovation plan initially provoked controversy because the library proposed moving millions of books into storage in New Jersey to make room for a new circulating library.
The library revised its plan in response, and officials now say that 3.3 million of the research library’s 4.5 million volumes will remain on site.
Foster says books will be relocated under Bryant Park.
“There’s some extraordinary spaces which were originally conceived for public use,” he said.
The library expects construction to begin in 2013 and to be completed in 2018.
Officials said Wednesday the project’s original $300 million price estimate will likely rise.
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