See the stunning renovation: Iconic New York Public Library reading room reopens Oct. 5

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Sometimes, in the world of renovations and makeovers, things actually do finish ahead of schedule.

If you've never had the pleasure of stepping inside the Rose Main Reading Room in the New York Public Library, you've probably dreamed up something that it reflects in reality.

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Looking something like a combination of a classical, historic reading room mixed with the grandeur of Hogwarts, the Rose Main Reading Room has been a long-standing embodiment of the magic that reading a book can offer since it was built in 1911.

On Tuesday, October 4th, the NYPL gave special access to select photographers to sneak peek the new renovations.

They took to Instagram, tagging their pictures with #NYPLreadingroom, to post their exclusive looks inside.

Take a look at their exclusive pics:

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Right now photographers and authors are previewing the Rose Main Reading Room, which reopens to the public tomorrow πŸ“ΈπŸ“šπŸ¦ Follow #NYPLreadingroom to see their photos
Important book-lover PSA: the Rose Room opens tomorrow after two years of restoration, and it is GORGEOUS πŸ“šβœ¨// #NYPLreadingroom + snapchat: cestchristine
Hanging out at #nyplreadingroom. Been closed for two years, reopens tomorrow
Honored to preview the The New York Public Library’s newly-restored Rose Main Reading Room before it reopens to the public tomorrow after its two-year renovation. 105 years of literary and cultural history and many more to come. #NYPLreadingroom
We had the opportunity to preview @nypl's newly restored Rose Main Reading Room. It will open to the public tomorrow after being closed for two years! Such a special treat to see it empty this morning with a group of new and old friends. #NYPLreadingroom
Not bad #nyplreadingroom
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*Moves in, marries all the books* πŸ€“πŸ’•πŸ“š #nyplreadingroom #bookstagram
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Wow πŸ˜πŸ“šπŸ˜­ the room where I started my first novel #NYPLREADINGROOM all photos posted here of the event by me πŸ€“β˜ΊοΈ
Waiting to see the Rose Reading room before anyone else for the #instagram empty! #nyplreadingroom
Honored to preview the The New York Public Library’s newly-restored Rose Main Reading Room before it reopens to the public tomorrow after its two-year renovation. 105 years of literary and cultural history and many more to come. #NYPLreadingroom
was lucky enough to be among the first to see inside @nypl's newly restored Rose Main Reading Room this morning after its meticulous two-year restoration. i always talk about how it's impossible to find quiet in new york – it's easy to forget we have such a fantastic institution at our disposal that not only offers quiet, but all the meditative inner wealth you could ever hope for. the room re-opens to the public tomorrow – see it when you can! #nyplreadingroom
After being closed for two years after a golden rosette fell from the ceiling, the Rose Main Reading Room at the @NYPL is reopening tomorrow! This is arguably my favorite place to take a breather and read, write, and people watch in the middle of Manhattan. There's free wifi, clean public restrooms, and endless knowledge to gain. While touring the restored space this morning, I learned some fun facts: 1) The room spans 297 feet, nearly the length of a football field. 2) Each ceiling rosette was tested with a 300-plus-pound weight during reconstruction. 3) There are seven stacks of archives beneath the Reading Room that house between 3 - 5 million items. 4) There are also two stacks of archives beneath the lawn in Bryant Park. That means when you're sunbathing, you're lying on top of priceless artifacts! If you want to see more – check out my IG Story and don't forget to support your local library πŸ’πŸ“˜ // #NYPLreadingroom
Today we got a sneak peek of the @nypl Rose Room / Reading Room which was closed for nearly 2 years for renovations. It opens tomorrow to the public but today we got to play and photograph in this shiny gem so we could capture it all. AND I heard this was the ghostbusters library (from the first movies) 😱 so cool! #nyplreadingroom
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Beautiful views at the @nypl πŸ’œβœ¨πŸ“– #NYPLreadingroom #bookstagram #amreading
Original parts of the Rose Reading Room ceiling that had to be renovated. πŸ“šπŸ“– #Nyplreadingroom #amreading #bookstagram
Faux-door πŸšͺ or maybe it's the portal to Narnia & they just told me that to keep me out πŸ€”πŸ˜©πŸ“– #Nyplreadingroom #amreading
For well lit reading πŸ’‘πŸ“–πŸ€“ #nyplreadingroom #amreading
Lampin at the @nypl #nyplreadingroom #bookstagram #amreading
Attention all writers: the #NYPLreadingroom reopens tomorrow after more than two years of closure. What will be the next great American novel written on these desks?!
倩井。 Ceiling art. #nofilter #empty #nyplreadingroom
The #NYPLreadingroom reopens to the public tomorrow. During a preview this morning I learned that 3.5 million books are stored underneath Bryant Park and anyone with a @NYPL Library Card can access them! #FreeKnowledge
It was pretty pretty prettyyyyy pretty awesome to check out the fully restored Reading Room at the New York Public Library this morning! If you're in the area, DEFINITELY check it out #nyplreadingroom || #πŸ––πŸΏ
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But in May 2014, one of the room's iconic ornamental rosettes fell a staggering 52-feet from the ceiling, prompting a full inspection of the ceilings in the room, as well as in the adjacent Bill Blass Public Catalog Room.

After nearly two years of renovations, the doors of both rooms are set to reopen to the public on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00 am.

Tony Marx, New York Public Library President, said in a press release:

"The Library has eagerly anticipated the reopening of these glorious rooms, architectural gems which for over 100 years have been home to scholars, writers, students, and all members of the public who want to access our renowned research collections, learn, and create. As great stewards of all of our libraries, we are proud of this important project, which ensures that these spectacular spaces remain as inspiring as they were on they day they opened."

The renovation cost an estimated total of $12M.

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Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

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9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

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8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson

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7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

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6. The Holy Bible

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5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

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4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

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3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

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1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

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2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

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