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Occupy Wall Street library books stored in a N.Y. garage

November 15, 2011 |  2:51 pm

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The books that librarians and other protesters at Occupy Wall Street feared had been thrown out in a police raid on Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning have been located. The books are being stored in a sanitation garage in Manhattan. The mayor's office tweeted a photograph of the stored books, saying, "Property from #Zuccotti, incl #OWS library, safely stored @ 57th St Sanit Garage; can be picked up Weds."

The library had more than 5,000 books, which had been catalogued by volunteers. They had been stored in a tent donated by author/rocker Patti Smith.

If activists are able to recover all of those books, where they might be located in the future is an open question. On Tuesday afternoon, a judge rejected the temporary restraining order issued to allow protesters to return, with belongings (including tents and libraries), to Zuccotti Park.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Stored books from the Occupy Wall Street library. Credit: NYCMayorsOffice via Twitter.

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