BIBLION: THE BOUNDLESS LIBRARY - an iPad app from The New York Public Library

Launch Issue:  THE 1939-40 WORLD'S FAIR


Enter the World of Tomorrow and experience the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair through the collections of The New York Public Library!


Download Biblion: The Boundless Library-- now available on the App Store--and go on an exclusive journey deep into the Library's legendary stacks. This app is designed to open up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve...through a unique immersive experience. In this free iPad app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays — directly from the collections in your own hands.



With Biblion, you can jump from stack to stack, story to story, as you move through the infoscape of the World's Fair, created directly from NYPL's Manuscripts and Archives Division. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, with topics ranging from technological innovation to pop culture to a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship.

Biblion: World’s Fair allows you to:

  • read original essays from such prominent writers as Karen Abbott, William Grimes, Henry Jenkins, Elliott Kalan, James Mauro, and others
  • view General Motors' famous Futurama ride, in full color, from the original carousel!
  • explore the development of the Fair's designs, uniforms, buildings, and exhibits, including Salvador Dalí’s then-shocking Dream of Venus extravaganza
  • relish the outrageous restaurant ideas that never made the cut
  • learn about the fate of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion after the country was invaded by Hitler
  • discover what was buried inside the Westinghouse Time Capsule … which won't be opened until the year 6939!
  • fly from story to story, charting your own journey through the stacks…


This first issue of Biblion explores only one part of the Library’s vast and awe-inspiring holdings. Every edition of Biblion will open up another of the Library’s collections, services, or programs by providing exclusive content in an innovative frame.

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