"This is a truly a generous and meaningful gift from the Weinberg Foundation," library CEO Carla D. Hayden said in a news release. "The Weinberg Foundation's grant is essential to make sure the Pratt is a vibrant 21st century library and will ensure that free programs, resources and services continue for generations to come."
The library will use $91.6 million in state funds, $5.4 million in city funds and $10 million from a capital campaign for the project, which is to start in January 2015 and wrap up by July 2018. Plans include renovating the Central Hall and Wheeler Auditorium, creating a Job and Career Center and educational "Creation Stations," increasing computer access and improving the Teen Wing.
The Weinberg grant will help create a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Children's Learning Center.