04 January 2009

NYPL Gets the Lead Out

There's still no access to books in the Humanities & Social Sciences Library's central stack area, where 65% of the General Research Material resides. The stacks were closed on December 20th "due to testing for possible presence of a lead paint hazard". Er, I know NYPL employs high school-aged pages, but who's been chowing down on paint flakes? (I kid; lead poisoning is a serious concern.) Can we assume this is somehow related to the upcoming HSSL renovation during which the stacks will be transformed into a "multi-leveled, light-filled new library"?

Here's how to play it safe when removing lead paint:

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