Watch This Mesmerizing Video of 52,000 Books Being Shelved

The New York Public Library has re-opened the Rose Main Reading Room

After two years, the NYPL has finally reopened the grandest space for New York bibliophiles. The stately Rose Main Reading Room is home to 52,000 books. Watch the time-lapse footage of the staff undertaking the enormous project of reshelving the stacks.

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