“Book train” will revolutionise the New York Public Library

A "BOOK train" will soon grace the halls of New York Public Library's Rose Reading Room, when the site reopens after a two-year renovation.

The reading room is located on Fifth Avenue and will officially reopen on October 5, where the highly efficient addition will welcome visitors.

The "train" will act as the NYPL's new conveyer system, designed by Gensler, which will transport books from its newly-expanded storage facility below Bryant Park to the library.

This "book train" contains a total of 24 individual cars that run on rails and can travel both vertically and horizontally.

The train will pick up materials from the Milstein Research Stacks, which is now spread out over two levels and can hold four million volumes of research materials, and make its way to the main library.

The trip from the stacks to the Rose Reading Room takes about five minutes, but this could potentially take longer with materials as the library staff has to load them on to the train first after they receive requests.

Some fun facts about this train: Each of the cars can carry up to 30 pounds of material, they move at 75 feet per minute, they can be tracked using electronic sensors, and they were built at a cost of $2.6 million.

"Our priorities include preserving our materials and making them increasingly accessible to the public in an inspiring space for research," Stephen A. Schwarzman Building's director of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions Matt Knutzen said in a statement, reported Curbed New York.

"Our recent storage expansion, our restoration of the Reading Room, and the installation of this system are all elements of that work."

Now check out the train in action below:


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