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Library Reading Room Renovation Work Done


Reference Librarian Jim Hansen assists a patron with his research

After months of noisy and labor-intensive toil, all spaces of the Society's grand Library Reading Room are again available to the public. Patrons and staff endured cramped spaces, dusty conditions and the sights and sounds of daily construction work, but it was all worth it. Visitors who knew the room in the past will find it transformed when they visit again. A replica of the original stained-glass ceiling and banks of ornately trimmed ceiling coffers, new and restored furnishings, a fresh coat of paint, and re-creations of the original bronze wall sconces give the room a warm and elegant tone.

The Library Reading Room's lobby also has undergone a transformation, with a massive new wooden circulation desk and a restored ceiling. The Society is planning events in the coming months to introduce our members, patrons and the public to the restored and renovated spaces. Check back here for announcements about these events.

:: Posted February 4, 2010

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