Rose Main Reading Room Ceiling Restoration

Rose Main Reading Room Construction

The New York Public Library's historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, October 5. The two adjacent rooms on the third floor of the Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street have been closed since May 2014 for repairs and restoration. The rooms will open during regular library hours; daily tours of the Schwarzman Building at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will include both spaces, which are designated for research and quiet study.

The project, which began this summer following a full assessment of the historic rooms, will repair slight cracking in the ceiling facades and will secure the rooms’ iconic plaster rosettes. Both the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are expected to reopen in fall 2016.


For Researchers

Accessing Materials

During the temporary closure, all General Research Division services have relocated to the Second Floor Corridor. Please note that GRD materials can now be delivered to all staffed public reading rooms. Visit Where to Research, Read, Find Wi-Fi, and More for additional information.



For Visitors

What to Do

Discover exhibitions, take a free tour, plan a research visit, and more at the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
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