Library architecture is a beloved subject here at The Scholarly Kitchen, and while in the past we’ve linked to a detailed look at the re-opening of the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room (and the re-shelving process), that represents only one room in one of New York’s most remarkable buildings. Here, the folks from Architectural Digest take a deep dive into the architecture of the library and its timeless style that lends such an air of formality and importance.

Beyond the actual architecture, this is a fun tour — you’ll learn the details of the library’s underground storage center, complete with an automated trolley system to deliver books. Other highlights include the library’s famous lions (named “Patience” and “Fortitude” by Mayor LaGuardia, for the two qualities New Yorkers needed most to get through the Great Depression), Charles Dickens’ writing table, and the original stuffed animals that inspired “Winnie The Pooh” (sans Roo, who apparently was lost on a family picnic in the 1930s).

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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Thanks for posting, David! I can’t remember the last time I visited. Need to remedy that soon!

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