Boston library head resigns after criticism over missing art

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Public Library’s president is resigning after announcing changes to address the disappearances of two rare artworks worth more than $600,000 combined.

Amy Ryan announced her July 3 departure Wednesday after a special trustees meeting, saying it would end a “distraction.”

Ryan had already announced management and security changes after the meeting.

Those changes include an expanded and accelerated inventory and assessment of special collections, focusing on the most important and valuable. About 24,000 paper catalog cards will be transferred to an electronic catalog. A consultant will work on improving security, including adding cameras and motion detectors.

A 1634 Rembrandt etching and a 1504 Durer engraving were reported missing last month. Police and the FBI are investigating, although it’s unclear if the pieces were stolen or simply misfiled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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