1/15/13

BPL to Sell off Carnegie Libraries

Linda Johnson, who was appointed president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library in 2011, has been talking ever since about closing and selling off branch libraries or selling air rights above them.

The buildings targeted for possible closure are Brooklyn's historic Carnegie libraries, some of them landmarked, which threaten $230 million in deferred maintenance costs.

The library, which owns an estimated 1 million square feet, would jettison its neglected older buildings to generate cash for system-wide repairs.

Branches, likely including those in Fort Greene, Red Hook and Brownsville, have been targeted due to what the BPL says is low circulation and bad location.

The article from Curbed.

In a related move, the Brooklyn Business Library in Brooklyn Heights is being evicted [Brooklyn Eagle.]

Why is BPL shedding the Brooklyn Heights branch?  To avoid repairs, according to Brooklyn Daily.

"Saving" the BPL by demolishing branches [NY Times.]

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