The new Science, Industry and Business Library of The New York Public Library, which is to be dedicated this morning at Madison Avenue and 34th Street, is every bit as grand, in its way, as the library's great main building
at Fifth Avenue and
"This project is a victory not only for library users, but for the whole city: a landmark restored to the public realm."
The New York Times,
April 24, 1996
Demonstrate currency and relevancy of the NYPL through the opening of a new cultural/educational resource.
By the 1990s, the business and science collections of the 100-year-old NYPL had outgrown their space and, to a certain extent, their effectiveness. Addressing the need to combine these resources and to provide increased accessibility to rapidly growing electronic data, the Library created the $100 million Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL), which opened in 1996 in the former B. Altman building at 34th Street and Madison Avenue.