The New York Public Library (NYPL) has re-opened two rooms inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. The Rose Main Reading Room in particular has become a treasured space for New York City library patrons.
According to the NYPL’s blog post, both rooms were closed for almost two years due to the need for repairs. The time lapse video embedded above showcases the Rose Main Reading Room being re-shelved with books.
In honor of this momentous occasion, the NYPL has organized an exhibition called “Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage.” The display features dozens of photographs and two plaster rosettes from the Rose Main Reading Room. The closing date has been scheduled for October 9.