Libraries like the New York Public Library help democratize information, and design plays a critical role in preserving the materials these institutions provide. Image © Mike. (Image was modified fro its original version)
Beneath the buzz of winter holiday shoppers and summer movie crowds that make New York City's Bryant Park such a lively year-round destination exists a sophisticated, high-tech book storage facility. The flagship of the New York Public Library System, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library is an iconic cultural institution served by a complex retrieval network and vast underground collection of valuable and rare books, maps, art works and manuscripts.