Best Room in the New York Public Library (2008)

Oriental Division Reading Room

When I informed the library staff that I was interested in seeing the numerous rooms barred to the public in order to determine the best one, they all disregarded my inquiry, instead pointing to the Main Reading Room and pronouncing it the best. While I find the reading room both lovely and well-stocked, I much prefer the second floor's picturesque Oriental Division Reading Room (Room 219), with its big wooden chairs, inlaid marble and tile floors, and stacks to the ceiling. Literary finds contained within include everything from the A Concise Encyclopedia of Early Buddhist Philosophies to Who's Who in Turkey.


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