New York Public Library houses permanent exhibition space using display cabinets from Goppion. The New York Pubic Library, located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island consists of four major research libraries and 88 branch libraries. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building reffered to as the 'main branch' of the public library, and is host to the humanities and social sciences research collection, totalling to a number of items around 15 million. The collection contains a variety of forms, including priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels and comic books.
The building is undergoing a large interior renovation, headed by Dutch architecture firm, Mecanoo and New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle. Part of the new plan is designed to increase the library's public space by about 20%, allowing for more research, exhibitions and educational programs. Part of this includes a major permanent exhibition, which will showcase the most significant items from the Library's collection.
21 conservation-grade display cases were engineered, produced and installed by Goppion, within the Polonsky Exhibition in the Gottesman Hall. 4 of these display cases are wall cases, which required a special rigging plan to get the big glass doors into the building using special tools and cranes, all developed by Goppion.
The center of the gallery consists of 4.5 m wide tilt and slide double-doored display cases, which allow both sides to be opened simultaneously. All display cases contain both a special LED lighting system and a forced air circulation system, helping to control humility and preserve the historic pieces.
This project adds to the wealth of experience acquired by Goppion in the field of installations carried out in some of the world's most prestigious and valuable libraries. Just a few past examples include the showcases for The Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK (2015), for the Book of Kells at Trinity College Old Library in Dublin, Eire, (2020) and, also in New York, for renowned bibliophile haven the Grolier Club (2018).