Today, librarians from The People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) held a press conference with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to denounce the destruction and disappearance of thousands of books last week on Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park).
Staff and patrons at the people-powered library gave testimony. At the height of its operation, the library had more than 5,000 books, newspapers, zines, digital media and rare documents housed under a half-cylindrical covering donated by Patti Smith.
According to the Occupy Wall Street blog, “The People’s Library called on the Bloomberg Administration to accept responsibility for the destruction of the library today” in the press conference, which also included Gideon Oliver of the National Lawyers Guild and Hawa Allan, a Fellow at Columbia Law School.
The blog said, “The Library is calling on the Bloomberg Administration to replace the both the library and the 80% of the books that were destroyed.”
Here is the catalog of all the books that were in the collection.
And here is video of the event.