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'Tip of the Iceberg'

Visitors often comment, "For such a large library, Firestone looks rather small." But what you can see of Firestone from the main entrance is only the tip of the iceberg. Firestone has three underground floors, which extend from the chapel to Nassau Street, and from Washington Road to East Pyne. Firestone houses more than 70 miles of bookshelves and its study spaces can accommodate 1,850 at a time. At the time of its opening in 1948, Firestone was the largest open-stack library in the world.

Naturally Lit Basement Study Spaces, Firestone Library (Photo by Jacob Bregman '06)
Naturally lit study space on Firestone's C floor
Seemingly Never-ending Stacks in Firestone Library (Photo by Jacob Bregman '06)
Seemingly never-ending stacks in Firestone Library