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NEW YORK CITY-After months of controversy, the New York Public Library on Wednesday unveiled an architectural rendering of the proposed new layout of its iconic main building. The $300-million plan for the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street includes some changes to the initial restoration program that likely will be welcome amendments for the many scholars, famed authors and ordinary citizens who have been loudly protesting some of the intended changes.

According to a NYPL press release, the design shows a modern, light-filled lending library with views of Bryant Park—the first circulating library in the building since the 1980s. The new library will offer the services and materials currently provided in the deteriorating Mid-Manhattan Library and the innovative Science, Industry and Business Library, both of which will be merged into the 42nd Street building.

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