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Reading Room

The Reading Room is on the right down the hall as you enter the front of the library.

Ceiling in the Reading Room in the Flower library

The incredible ceiling in this room is identical to the one on the other side of the foyer.  The ceilings were done by George F Maltby and his two brothers in Corning NY.  Each panel was individually plaster cast and installed by a special crew.  There are 676 panels in each room.
Statuary near the Reading Room in the Flower library
Ceiling in the Reading Room in the Flower library
Fireplace in the Reading Room in the Flower library































The fireplace in both the reading rooms are identical to each and other and continue the color and motif themes present throughout the library.  Flower rosettes appear in the fireplace, the oculus and the stenciling.  The colors of the petals each portray the colors of the rooms throughout the library.  The colors in the fireplace were very helpful when the 2007 renovation began.  The painters were able to match the original room colors by matching the colors in the fireplace.


Murals in the Reading Room in the Flower library
Reading Room in the Flower library
Reading Room in the Flower library
Reading Room in the Flower library

Famous Old Printers listed:

Charles Leen    Antwerp, 1487-1488
William Wosterman    Antwerp, 1500-1544
Jacob Stadelberger    Heidelberg, 1513-1517
Thielman Kerver    Paris, 1497-1522
Peter Short    London, 1585-1650
William Caxton    Westminster, 1476-1491
Voster Simon    Paris,  1480-1520
Mantius Aldus    Venice, 1450-1515
Lawrence Andrews    London, 1499-1527
Valentine Schumann    Leipzic, 1502-1534
Lucantonio Giunta    Venice, 1500
Widow Orwin    London, 1596
John Sholar    Oxford, 1512-1518
Mathis Van der Gies    Antwerp, 1472-1494
Jacob de Breda    Dementer, 1486-1519
Andrew Hester
Richard Grafton    London, 1537-1583