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The New York Public Library opens an outdoor reading space

The New York Public Library opens an outdoor reading space
Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library
The Library Inside Out.

There are still 47 days of summer, and with its new pop-up reading room, the New York Public Library is making it even easier to enjoy those days of sunshine. From August 5–22, visitors can kick back in “The Library Inside Out,” an open space on the plaza outside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—combining one of the world’s greatest book nerd destinations with trees and fresh air.

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Need a chair and tabletop to finish that work report? No problem, the reading room has free public Wi-Fi. Just want to relax with a novel? There is a small, curated selection of books available, and NYPL volunteers will be around to answer any questions. The opening of the new space is especially timely since the Rose Reading Room, one of the 42nd Street building’s most spectacular features, remains closed for repairs.

“The Library Inside Out” also coincides with the NYPL’s social media campaign #ireadeverywhere; the just-launched effort encourages people to post photos of their favorite reading spots (the stranger, the better) as a celebration of the transformational power of books. So now you have no excuse: if midtown is getting you down, the welcoming outdoor venue is the perfect escape.

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