European Reading Room staff were told mid-afternoon Tuesday that the Library has set May 1, 2008 as "Demolition Day" -- the demolition of the current European Reading Room will begin on that day for conversion to exhibition space.
The goal of the Library is to have the Southeast Pavilion ready as a functioning reading room by April 21, only thirteen working days from now. As of this afternoon, there was still no clear idea how equipping the new space as a reading room would be funded, much less actually implemented in fewer than three weeks.
Letters of concern and protest are critical now, especially to the Librarian of Congress (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com; fax 202-707-1714).
Thanks to everyone for their support.