The Reading Room is on the right down the hall as you enter the front of the library.
The incredible ceiling in this room is identical to the one on the other side of the foyer. The ceilings were done by George F Maltby and his two brothers in Corning NY. Each panel was individually plaster cast and installed by a special crew. There are 676 panels in each room.
The fireplace in both the reading rooms are identical to each and other and continue the color and motif themes present throughout the library. Flower rosettes appear in the fireplace, the oculus and the stenciling. The colors of the petals each portray the colors of the rooms throughout the library. The colors in the fireplace were very helpful when the 2007 renovation began. The painters were able to match the original room colors by matching the colors in the fireplace.
Famous Old Printers listed:
Charles Leen Antwerp, 1487-1488
William Wosterman Antwerp, 1500-1544
Jacob Stadelberger Heidelberg, 1513-1517
Thielman Kerver Paris, 1497-1522
Peter Short London, 1585-1650
William Caxton Westminster, 1476-1491
Voster Simon Paris, 1480-1520
Mantius Aldus Venice, 1450-1515
Lawrence Andrews London, 1499-1527
Valentine Schumann Leipzic, 1502-1534
Lucantonio Giunta Venice, 1500
Widow Orwin London, 1596
John Sholar Oxford, 1512-1518
Mathis Van der Gies Antwerp, 1472-1494
Jacob de Breda Dementer, 1486-1519
Richard Grafton London, 1537-1583