The New York Public Library’s magnificent Rose Reading Room has been closed for the past two years after a piece of ornamental plaster fell from the ceiling. Two years later, the ceiling has been restored, and each of the 900 rosettes reinforced with steel cables, one of the grand public spaces of the city is ready to re-open.

The video below presents a time lapse look at the final steps in getting it ready, including the reshelving of some 52,000 books. There’s something deeply satisfying in watching all those empty shelves get filled, perhaps the book-lover’s version of watching a Zamboni complete its task.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


5 Thoughts on "Reshelving the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room"

I was in NYC early last week and had some work to do, so I went to the library. Didn’t realize how good my timing was. It is a beautiful space.

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