Handbook of the New York Public Library

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New York public library, 1921 - New York (N.Y.) - 63 pages
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Page 24 - I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue, and advancing the happiness of man.
Page 63 - ... NUMBER 9 CROTÓN RESERVOIR A TABLET formerly attached to the old reservoir on the site of The •**• New York Public Library is now fixed to the wall in the south corridor, first floor, of the Library building. This is the inscription on the tablet: HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CROTÓN AQUEDUCT The Law authorizing the construction of the work, passed May 2nd, 1834. STEPHEN ALLEN, WILLIAM W. FOX, SAUL ALLEY, CHARLES DUSENBERRY and BENJAMIN M. BROWN were appointed Commissioners....
Page 7 - It is significant and it is noteworthy that in our democracy the President of the United States, the governor of the State of New York, and the mayor of the city...
Page 49 - Article two of the agreement of consolidation provided that "the said new corporation shall establish and maintain a free public library and reading-room in the City of New York, with such branches as may be deemed advisable.
Page 11 - ... New York Public Library looks attractive, and so far as a large building can, even intimate. And in this respect it differs from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which, excellently planned as it may be, presents a dull and rigid architectural mask to the public. The popularity of the New York Public Library has, consequently, been well earned. The public has reason to like it, because it offers them a smiling countenance ; and the welcome it gives is merely the outward and visible sign of an inward...
Page 27 - ... arranging the plans of their buildings so as to meet every reasonable practical requirement ; and the New York Public Library is no exception to the rule. Its arrangements for storing and handling the books are said to be entirely satisfactory to the management of the library. The main reading-room is one of the most spacious rooms in the world— beautifully proportioned, lighted by a series of windows on both the long sides of the room, and entirely accessible to the stacks. To have obtained...
Page 9 - It is content with a somewhat humbler role, but one which is probably more appropriate. It looks ingratiating rather than imposing, and that is probably one reason for its popularity. It is intended for popular rather than for official use, and the building issues to the people an invitation to enter rather than a command...
Page 38 - When requested, the laboratory is ready at all times during hours (9 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays, 9 AM to 1 PM, Sundays, 9 AM to 10 AM) to examine the swabs from cases for diagnosis directly.
Page 11 - ... between two groups of partly antagonistic demands, and a compromise can hardly ever become a consummate example of architectural form. But, on the other hand. Messrs. Carrere & Hastings have, as in so many other cases, made their compromise successful. Faithful as they have been to the fundamental requirement of adapting the building to its purpose as a library, they have also succeeded in making it look well; and they have succeeded in making it look well partly because the design is appropriate...
Page 9 - ... have awakened popular interest by making it look like a pleasant place to enter and use. And this is a great triumph, because there is a real and sometimes an apparently irreconcilable conflict between the monumental and practical aspects of such buildings. The final judgment on the New York Public Library will be, consequently, that it is not a great monument, because considerations of architectural form have in several conspicuous instances been deliberately subordinated to the needs of the...

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