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March 06, 2014

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This would be as catastrophic as the destruction of the old Penn Station. We must do all we can to save the library -- and the books.

As a public librarian and someone who's used the Central Library for research, I'm appalled. Maybe a few thousand books could go into not-too-remote storage if they're used once every several years and very easy (within a day or two) to retrieve, but not *millions*. Books, and especially NYPL books, are a great treasure of New York for the people of New York. Despite e-books and online databases, some older and even current nonfiction is only available in paper form, and thousands of New Yorkers don't have access to e-readers or even Internet access (aside from libraries themselves!)

Yes, save the Central Library! Please! A great city needs a great library.

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