There are 84 Miles of Subterranean Shelving at the New York Public Library's Main Branch

Unbeknownst to most Bryant Park tourists, directly underneath them in the area behind the New York Public Library’s Main Branch lies 84 miles of subterranean shelving space which will house the bulk of the library’s research collection.

The books will begin arriving in April, and by the end of spring library officials expect to be using a new retrieval system to ferry the volumes and other materials from their 84 miles of subterranean shelving, loaded into little motorized carts — a bit like miniaturized minecars carrying nuggets of research gold.

Bibliophiles, librarians and archive engineers may be interested to learn the the Library is abandoning it’s dewey system of organization and instead using a size-based organization to fill the space in the most efficient way possible.

Read through the full article for more info on the underground stacks.

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