Most patrons of the New York Public Library are unaware of its vast collections. The library hopes to shed light on its hidden treasures with Biblion, a new iPad magazine.
The first issue — now available for free on iTunes — focuses on the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40, including original essays from prominent writers of the time, an exploration of the Fair’s buildings and exhibits, and a full-colour view of General Motors’ famous Futurama ride.
NYPL notes that libraries are “the memory of humankind” yet they face increasing financial pressures and threat of closure. Using current technology to engage and remind consumers of their value makes good sense for libraries and arts organisations around the globe.