New York Public Library Plans Renovation
Between 1978 and 2010, Bill Gray worked for Ogilvy Group North America, serving as the co-chief executive officer his last four years. Previous to pursuing a graduate education and career in business, Bill Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University, and today he serves as a trustee for the New York Public Library.
The New York Public Library, second in size only to the Library of Congress, is currently in the midst of planning a major renovation to its popular Fifth Avenue building. The innovative building design, which will cost the library an estimated $300 million, calls for a high-ceilinged reading room with bookshelves standing 53 feet high. The library had initially released plans for renovation that saw the building’s original book stacks completely demolished and overhauled, but the public outcry was enough to sway the library into retaining the stacks as a central feature of the newly planned circulating space beneath the Rose Main Reading Room. The library had intended to begin the renovation in 2013, but progress has been delayed by a number of governmental reviews of the project.