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Level 6-9: Book Spiral
The majority of the library's nonfiction collection is on the four-level book spiral. Aisles with a gradual slope of about 2 degrees connect the flat tiers of book stacks, creating a continuous ramp winding through the floors.

A staircase at the center can be used as a shortcut between spiral levels. Computers, reference desks and minimal seating are located on each level of the spiral.

Dewey Decimal System
Dewey Decimal System

The stacks are organized using the Dewey Decimal System, which runs continuously from 000 on Level 6 to the 900s on Level 9. Floor mats in the aisles show numbers that correspond to neighboring stacks.
Overview: All floors | Level 1: Fourth Avenue entrance | Level 3: Living Room | Level 5: Mixing Chamber | Level 9-6: Book Spiral
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