Pull Up A Chair

21 October 2016

It’s been two-and-a-half long years but one of New York’s best-loved rooms finally reopened this month, restored to its former glory as perhaps one of the grandest places in the world to while away a few hours with a book.

The Rose Main Reading Room, at the heart of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, spans two city blocks. For more than 100 years, writers, Nobel laureates, scholars, researchers and students have gathered under its 16-metre high ceiling of painted sky and billowing cloud framed by ornamental plaster curlicues and rosettes to use the thousands of reference volumes lining the shelves and request material from its underground storage facility of more than 4 million items.