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New York Library Book Train

New York Library Book Train

A look inside New York public library's new book delivery system. The New York public library's Stephen A. Schwarzman building has a new method for fetching books. They've installed a conveyor system of book carts to deliver research material from the Milstein Research Stacks to the Rose Main reading room.

Visitors can request specific books, which will be pulled from the stacks by NYPL staff and placed into a cart with the push of a a button, The cart jets off into the building. It turns 90 degree to climb the tracks up the wall. The cart sways to keep the material inside.

The system has 950 feet of both horizontal and vertical track and 24 cars that can carry 30 LBS each. The cars move 75 feet per minute through 11 levels of the library in about five minutes. The whole system cost about $2.6 million. It will open with the restored rose reading room.