|This photo is from the 1988 lawn excavation and stacks construction.|
The stacks are in the news this week because they're being reconfigured to more efficiently hold the NYPL's growing research collection. Instead of using the trusty Dewey decimal system, the NYPL is reorganizing books by size. In addition, tracks will be installed to guide motorized carts, which will find books by bar code and deliver them to the NYPL patron within 40 minutes of the request.
Other features of the research collection are movable shelves, which maximize storage space. In addition, the basement's climate and humidity control systems keep the temperature a cool 65 degrees with 40% humidity, a perfect atmosphere for a book.
The reconfiguration is expected to finish in April 2016.
Read more about the activity beneath the Rink here.