Prof. Stewart Bodner was kind enough to give a group of us a tour of the New York Public Library General Research Division (the one with the lions) on Wednesday night.
For those who don't know, Prof. Bodner is the Associate Chief Librarian there –that is, when he isn't working at the reference desk here at Baruch.
We heard tales of disputed books, perilous ferris wheels, roller skating clerks, secret doors, clandestine carrels and problematic periodicals. As if this wasn't enough we also got crash course in the workings of the Billings classification system (unique to NYPL research library). Who knew?
Many thanks to Prof. Bodner for his time and generosity.