If you can go on a roller coaster, why can’t books?
New York Public Library thinks the same way! A newly renovated reading room will come with not only a new and improved working space, but a gigantic delivery system as well. Although the system itself doesn’t look completely like a roller coaster, the concept of rolling books on wheels running down a track makes it logically similar.
950 feet of track run throughout the library with two separate tracks so the books can move and be dispersed in both directions. The new book storage facility is located underground along with the beginning of the new track. The books then travel to the 8th floor reading room through 350 feet of track in five minutes. Aside from being a spectacle to behold for all the book readers that come in, it really does beat all the staff having to carry all the books around in a cart through all eight floors!
The little containers within each car carry about 3 art books, and 4 small books or 10 pamphlets. With a total of 25 tiny little roller coaster containers, it makes for speedy transportation along all 11 stops in the library. Electronic sensors are even put on each cart to guarantee it never gets lost during the midst of its journey.
This new delivery system will open on October 5th at the New York Public Library near Bryant Park in Manhattan. Here is a look into the new roller coaster for books that will be ready to serve in a few more days (credit to Engadget for investigating this gem of a discovery). Please check out the original article to look at more of these fantastic images!
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This morning we got a sneak peek of the @nypl's new "Book Train". The conveyor, which covers about 950 feet of track, will take 25 cars roughly five mins to travel from the starting point (deep underground in the catacombs of the library) to its final destination in one of the library's main reading rooms. Look out for @cherlynnstagram's story soon on Engadget.com! 📚 🚂 #nyc #NewYorkPublicLibrary #tech #technology #hyperlapse #books #howitsmade #transportation #booktrain #trains #libraries
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