In May of 2014, a foot-wide piece of plaster (one of the rosettes) fell from the ceiling of the NYPL’s gorgeous Rose Reading Room. The NYPL immediately closed the room, and it remains closed today.
The last we heard, the room’s reopening date was still uncertain as it underwent inspection, and now the NYPL has issued a new update stating repairs will keep the Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room closed until Spring of 2016 and 2017, respectively. On top of the structural concerns regarding the ceiling, asbestos has also been discovered in an attic (which is closed off to the public and staff).
Currently, all services you would have normally found in these rooms can be accessed on the second floor corridor of the 42nd Street Library.
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