NYPL Constructs a Train System to Move Around Books

By Maryann Yin 

The New York Public Library has set up a new conveyor system inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The video embedded above showcases the little cars in operation.

This system consists of 24 cars that runs at a velocity 75 feet per minute. Each car can transport approximately 30 pounds of material at a time.

Matt Knutzen, the director of humanities and social sciences research at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, gave this statement in the press release: “This new dependable and efficient system will ensure a seamless delivery of research items from our storage facility to the researchers who need them. 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.” (via The Gothamist)