Library Hotel

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The Library Hotel [1] is a 60-room boutique hotel in New York City, located at 299 Madison Avenue (at 41st Street), near the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, and Grand Central Terminal. The Hotel was designed by architect Stephen B. Jacobs.

The hotel boasts a unique organizing principle: each of its ten guest floors has a theme, designated after a major category of the Dewey Decimal Classification (the 5th floor, for example, is the 500s, the Sciences), with each room as a subcategory or genre, such as Mathematics (Room 500.001) or Botany (Room 500.004). (Dewey categories 000, 100, and 200 are placed on the 10th, 11th, and 12th floors, respectively.) Other room themes include Erotic Literature (Room 800.001), Poetry (Room 800.003), and Music (Room 700.005). All rooms have a small complement of books and decorations that accompany the theme, with 6000 books overall throughout the hotel.

Because of this classification scheme, the hotel owners were sued in 2003 by the OCLC (owners of the Dewey Decimal Classification system). OCLC reached an agreement with the hotel enabling the hotel to continue using the Dewey system.[2]

Hotel Denouement from Lemony Snicket's The Penultimate Peril was modeled after the Library Hotel.[citation needed]

Room menu[edit]

Third Floor: Social Sciences

  • 300.006 Law
  • 300.005 Money
  • 300.004 World Culture
  • 300.003 Economics
  • 300.002 Political Science
  • 300.001 Communication

Fourth Floor: Language

  • 400.006 Ancient Language
  • 400.005 Middle Eastern Language
  • 400.004 Asian Language
  • 400.003 Germanic Language
  • 400.002 Romance Language
  • 400.001 Slavic Language

Fifth Floor: Math and Science

  • 500.006 Astronomy
  • 500.005 Dinosaurs
  • 500.004 Botany
  • 500.003 Zoology
  • 500.002 Geology
  • 500.001 Mathematics

Sixth Floor: Technology

  • 600.006 Health & Beauty
  • 600.005 Computers
  • 600.004 Medicine
  • 600.003 Management
  • 600.002 Manufacturing
  • 600.001 Advertising

Seventh Floor: The Arts

  • 700.006 Fashion Design
  • 700.005 Music
  • 700.004 Photography
  • 700.003 Performing Arts
  • 700.002 Paintings
  • 700.001 Architecture

Eighth Floor: Literature

  • 800.006 Mystery
  • 800.005 Fairy Tales
  • 800.004 Dramatic Literature
  • 800.003 Poetry
  • 800.002 Classic Fiction
  • 800.001 Erotic Literature

Ninth Floor: History

  • 900.006 Biography
  • 900.005 Geography & Travel
  • 900.004 Asian History
  • 900.003 Oceanography
  • 900.002 Ancient History
  • 900.001 20th Century History

Tenth Floor: General Knowledge

  • 1000.006 New Media
  • 1000.005 Journalism
  • 1000.004 Museums
  • 1000.003 Encyclopedic Works
  • 1000.002 Almanacs
  • 1000.001 Libraries

Eleventh Floor: Philosophy

  • 1100.006 Love
  • 1100.005 Paranormal
  • 1100.004 Psychology
  • 1100.003 Philosophy
  • 1100.002 Ethics
  • 1100.001 Logic

Twelfth Floor: Religion

  • 1200.006 Ancient Religion (Mythology)
  • 1200.005 Native American Religion
  • 1200.004 Germanic Religion
  • 1200.003 New Age
  • 1200.002 African Religion
  • 1200.001 Eastern Religion

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Coordinates: 40°45′7.65″N 73°58′45.87″W / 40.7521250°N 73.9794083°W / 40.7521250; -73.9794083