The New York Public Library unveiled the historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalog Room on October 5. Images during the construction highlight the remarkable transformation the space underwent, and not everything was happening above ground.
The New York City Public Library was the location of the first ghost encounter in the movie Ghostbusters. It is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 42nd Street in downtown New York City.
The reading room, which first opened in 1911, will be open to the public during regular library hours and on daily tours of the Schwarzman Building at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities.
All images via Max Touhey Photography