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The silent and vast Reading Room on the third floor of the NY Public Library

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My seat in the Reading Room, with a volume of the OED

My first visit to the NY Public Library was all I could have hoped for. The Guttenberg Bible was on display along with a brass globe from the 15th century. After carefully examining both, I sat down with a volume of the OED in the odd-numbered book delivery wing of the Reading Room.

I could have stayed all day but we popped into Bryant Park to catch a lunchtime concert by the city opera. Here's a clip from the concert. I'm sure you can identify the music over the traffic noise and general hubub.

playBryant Park, NYC Opera 1'43" MP3 (1.6 MB)

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I sat in the back of another reading room with H, and read a book about 15th century books collected in the United States. It was really interesting, but even more fascinating was the old man at the end of my table with notebooks filled with his notes and little drawings. I'll bet here was there every day.

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