NY Public Library President Steps Down

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The president of the New York Public Library says he'll step down from his post in the summer of 2011.

Dr. Paul LeClerc, a French literature scholar, has been with the library for sixteen years. Under LeClerc, the library launched its first website, NYPL.org, created a digital library, and digitized its entire catalogue.

"The present momentum behind the Library, with the number of users depending on us at record levels, is a source of great pride for me, the trustees, and all the staff," LeClerc said at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday.

The library has branches open at 89 sites, and is now open to borrowers more hours than it has been in 35 years, according to a library press release. All of the library’s branches also provide free wireless access to the Internet. Overall, the library has 3,600 free public-access computers, with training for those new to computers.

LeClerc came to the New York Public Library in 1993 from Hunter College where he had been president since 1988.

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Comments [1]

Bernard F. Dick

I hope Dr. LeClerc's successor will have the same impeccable academic credentials and the same far-reaching vision. It may sound like a cliche, but Dr. LeClerc will be missed.

Nov. 19 2009 12:50 PM

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