Atlas Obscura brings us a story about the vast underground stacks at NYPL. “This underground lair of books was part of a resolution to a tumultuous dispute over the library’s future. In March 2013, the library emptied its central stacks, the layers of shelving in the main building. While this main branch of the library has been a research collection, in which books could only be used onsite, the plan, at the time, was to renovate the old stacks and make this a circulating library. But researchers who valued the library’s old set-up objected, aggressively. The plan changed.”

Now that books have been returned to the underground storage vault, a new “book train ” has been installed to deliver them to readers on the surface.

The lack of a jaunty sound track or even commentary is a little disconcerting. A sound track might actually help here, whereas in the next video it’s no more than a trial. Open Culture has  a story about the train delivery system.

This a time-lapse video shows the resolving of the Rose Reading Room after repairs to the ceiling, where an immense plaster rosette crashed down a couple of years ago. Luckily it fell while the library was closed, so nobody was hurt. At the time it was anticipated that the reading room would be shut for six months.

The time-lapse link comes via The Digital Reader.

Later: Here’s a piece from Quartz reporting on NYPL’s decision to shelve by size, not Dewey Decimal. Now that computers enable you to locate any book with any unique location, this decision is far from strange. In so far as it will enable them to store more books in less space, it makes perfect sense.