Main Reference Annex

Something else TPL needs somebody else to promote: The Main Reference Annex, a room behind the main desk on the second floor of the Reference Library that houses treasures people might otherwise want to steal or deface.

The items here aren’t always on the obvious topics. Yes, all the really nice fashion books are here, but so are history books by David Irving. But the combination of car-repair manuals and giant art books is killer, don’t you think?

  • Main Reference Annex sign


  • Antediluvian card catalogue. About as useful as a manual typewriter, but, like the latter, a nice object.

  • Jane’s has obviously updated its typography over the years. (Once.)

  • Original RCA Victor logotype.

  • Architectural Graphic Standards.

  • Row of Sam’s car-repair softcovers
    Row of Chilton’s car-repair books

    Sam’s or Chilton?

  • Giant Le Corbusier book
    ‘Damienhirst’ book on desk with sign reading Reserved for Annex material users

    Would you like some Corbu and “Damienhirst” with your HVAC?