After some ceiling plaster fell from the ceiling of the Rose Reading Room in the New York Public Library's main branch, it was announced that the room would be closed for six months. That was 13 months ago, however, and the room remains closed. Now Gothamist reports that the Main Reading Room will remain closed until 2016, and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room until 2017 following an asbestos recovery. The library issued a press released asserting that "a preliminary analysis from [a recent] inspection ... is positive overall," as, "The ceilings of these two iconic rooms are in strong shape and there are no fundamental structural problems to address."
· The NYPL's Rose Reading Room Will Remain Closed Until 2017 [Gothamist]
· NYPL coverage [Curbed]