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Great Job, Internet!: Relax to a time lapse of the New York Public Library restocking 52,000 books

For a certain class of bibliophilic nerd, there’s little that’s more relaxing that the hushed bustle of a giant room full of books. And few rooms are as big and book-filled as the New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room, which measures 78 by 297 feet, and which contains shelf space for 52,000 tomes.

Unfortunately, the Rose Room has been closed for the last two years, after one of its elaborate ceiling decorations fell to the floor far below. But the nice thing about the library being forced to close the room for renovations and remove all the books from its shelves, is that eventually it’d get to put them back up. That’s exactly what library workers have been doing over the past several weeks, as the Rose Room prepared to re-open, and someone set up a time lapse camera to capture the …

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