Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase that led to the balcony of the old Reading Room now leads from the Technical Services area in the lower level to the Reference Services area in the main level.  It is closed to traffic, however, so is only an artifact of the previous building.

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Approx. 1949

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Late 1800s

Click on these images to view photos of the  staircase in the old Reading Room.