Reservations Required

BookOps Sorting Facility

Long Island City, Queens

Red conveyer belt with books on it headed toward book sorters
Credit: New York Public Library

Sun, October 17th, 2021

11:00am — 11:45am
12:00pm — 12:45pm

BookOps is a shared library technical services organization that serves the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and the New York Public Library (NYPL). BookOps is jointly governed and funded by NYPL and BPL and carries the responsibility of meeting the strategic collection management and distribution needs of each organization.

On this tour of BookOps, participants will learn about how the facility acquires, describes, prepares, and delivers new items for the circulating collections of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and New York Public Library (NYPL), and for the general collections of NYPL’s research libraries. Andrew Medlar, BookOps Director, and Sal Magaddino, BookOps Deputy Director, will show participants the inner workings of the second-largest book sorter in the world and answer questions about how it all happens.

This event is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, an ongoing program examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID and a mask is required for ALL in-person experiences. See guidelines:

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