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The Rose Main Reading Room Reopens

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Rose Main Reading Room
The Rose Main Reading Room

After being closed for more than two years for important repairs and restoration, The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room reopens to the public this morning at 10 a.m.

“The Library has eagerly anticipated the reopening of these glorious rooms, architectural gems which for over 100 years have been home to scholars, writers, students, and all members of the public who want to access our renowned research collections, learn, and create,” said NYPL President Tony Marx, who led the opening ceremony this morning. 

The rooms are now open during regular library hours; daily tours of the Schwarzman Building at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. include both spaces, which are designated for research and quiet study. Don't miss the final days of the exhibition Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage, open through October 9, which details the restoration of this iconic room.

If you can't visit the Rose Main Reading Room today, explore the room through the photos and videos below.

Watch a time-lapse video of the books getting reshelved in the Rose Main Reading Room (video: Max Touhey Photography; music: As Colorful As Ever by Broke For Free).

Watch a time-lapse video of the Rose Main Reading Room's reopening day.

View a slideshow of the Rose Main Reading Room's reopening day.

Watch the reopening ceremony with Library President Tony Marx.

See how books travel from state-of-the-art storage below Bryant Park, up to the Rose Main Reading Room.

A group of Instagram users had a sneak preview of the Rose Main Reading Room a day prior to the opening. Browse the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #NYPLreadingroom.

Photos of the Rose Main Reading Room
Photos by @sliceofpai and @ryanfitzgibbon via Instagram

Plan your visit to the Rose Main Reading Room at the Schwarzman Building. Learn more about the renovation at nyplmidtown.org