December 11, 2013

It’s a bird… it’s a plane…it’s a drone in the New York Public Library!



“I have a friend who has a drone.”

So begins a post on the New York Public Library blog by Morgan Holzer, Information Architect in the Web Group. No, she’s not talking about Jeff Bezos, she’s talking about someone named Nate Bolt from San Francisco, who lent his drone named Lucy IV to librarians in order to film aerial views of the interior of the New York Public Library.

We waited until the library closed—we didn’t want to scare the pants off our patrons—and at twilight we set forth on our mission: to document the main branch on video from angles rarely seen by our visitors.

The result is the beautiful video below, which shows Astor Hall, the McGraw Rotunda, the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, and the Rose Main Reading Room. The drone also hovers above a quote from Milton’s Areopagitica above the doorway, “A good Booke [sic] is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, imbalm’d and treasur’d up on purpose to a life beyond life.”




Claire Kelley is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House.