[PHOTOS] Daily RFT Finally Gets to See Refurbished Central Library for Ourselves
Four million items -- not just books, but also 20,000 CDs, 5,000 DVDs, 150,000 maps and sundry other things -- had to be moved out of the library into storage and then back in. The revamped library has 83 percent more public space than it did before. This is what architect George Z. Nikolajevich of Cannon Design did to the old stacks:
It's an atrium now, with a computer lab, cafe and, naturally, bookshelves.
The frosted glass panels that made up the floors of the old stacks are gone -- they were, says McGuire, "a marvel of the twentieth century and a fire and seismic nightmare of the twenty-first" -- but one has been preserved in the atrium's information desk.