If you were a fan of New York Public Library’s two block long Rose Reading Room, I’ve got some good news for you; the ceiling restoration is complete and the room is scheduled to be reopened on October 5th.
That’s great news for any bookworm, student, or person that can’t stand sitting at a Starbucks while the Pumpkin Spice craze is still going on. The movie scenes shot in the room do it no justice, and the only real complaints people ever had was how much lugging around they had to do if they wanted to pick up a research book from the other side of the library on one of its 11 floors.
That is now a thing of the past.
With the recent expansions and book relocations, planners kept the citizens of New York City in mind when they came up with this new delivery system. Each of the 24 ‘carts’ can hold up to 30 pounds of materials, can travel vertically or horizontally, and take only 5 minutes to work through all 11 levels of the library thanks to their 75 feet per minute speed. The carts also have built in sensors so you can track your delivery when it’s on route to you.
The $ 2.6 million dollar was part of an initiative to help make the Rose Reading Room an even more pleasant experience for those that would be spending countless hours there going through however many of their 4 million volumes of research material they had to.
Matt Knutzen, the director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions within the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, said in a statement, “Our priorities include preserving our materials and making them increasingly accessible to the public in an inspiring space for research. Our recent storage expansion, our restoration of the Reading Room, and the installation of this system are all elements of that work.”