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NYPL Milstein Stacks

NYPL Milstein Stacks
NYPL Milstein Stacks

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NYPL Milstein Stacks
Affiliated Library
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
DescriptionThe Milstein Stacks is a two-level 55,600-square-foot underground storage space below the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Books are organized into nine size categories, and a high-tech, efficient retrieval system. The retrieval system features 24 electric railroad cars which make the five-minute trip to the circulation desks on the first and third floors of the main building. The cars can each carry up to thirty pounds.
Contact Name: Denise Hibay
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Address: 8 West 40th Street, New York, New York 10018-2788 United States
Postal code: 10018-2788
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Year opened: 2016
Total Personnel:
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 2,500,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 1,700,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented2016

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 8
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 65 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 40 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles):