The New York Public Library is making the tacit acknowledgment that space for people is more important than keeping books immediately accessible. It’s a somewhat controversial position, as it undermines much of what we think about when we think about libraries–that they are book repositories.

But, as books and information are increasingly digitally available, it is physical space to read, think, write, and research that is now scarce, especially as the always-expensive cost of living in New York City continues to rise.

Famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed this home and fabulous library for director Joseph Strick, best known for his film adaptation of ULYSSES. See more in Cool Bookish Places.