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A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library?

“As New York mysteries go, it hardly competes with “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” or “How many pigeons live in the five boroughs?” But for devotees of the New York Public Library, the question of how many books can be stored in the majestic central stacks on Fifth Avenue is far from academic. They say it goes to the heart of the library’s mission to keep as many research books as possible within arm’s reach of scholars.” (via NYT)

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New York Public Library Acquires Archive of The New York Review of Books

The archive of The New York Review of Books has been sold to the New York Public Library, which praised the material in an announcement as providing “unique evidence of intellectual life in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.” The archive, which totals some 3,000 linear feet of material, includes extensive correspondence between the editors Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, who founded the magazine in 1963. It also includes correspondence between them and a roster of contributors including Susan Sontag, Oliver Sacks, Robert Lowell, Mary McCarthy and Noam Chomsky. The library did not disclose the cost of the purchase, which it said would be covered by a private donation.” (via NYT)

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Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks

“As they skate or snack in Bryant Park, visitors might dismiss the stately New York Public Library next door as a dog-eared relic in an age of digital information. But unbeknown to most of them, 17 feet below ground, in a concrete bunker worthy of the White House, the library is expanding and updating one of the most sophisticated book storage systems in the world.” (via NY Times)

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Announcing Bookshare: A New Partnership for Accessible eBooks!

“Every New Yorker with an eligible print disability will now have access to Bookshare’s 370,000 accessible e-books— bestsellers, literature, non-fiction, educational texts, career guides, and more—for free with their New York Public Library card or Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library membership.” (via NYPL)

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Long Line at the Library? It’s Story Time Again

“Forty strollers were double- and triple-parked on the main floor of the Fort Washington Library in Upper Manhattan. As another one came through the door, Velda Asbury waved toward a spot beside a book stack. Officially, Ms. Asbury is a library clerk, checking books in and out. But every Wednesday she doubles as a parking attendant during one of the New York Public Library’s most popular programs: story time.” (via NYT)

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