Historical Timeline for the New York State Library
|1818||The New York State Library (NYSL) is established, making it only the third state library in the country at the time. (The Ohio and Pennsylvania State Libraries were created in 1817 and 1816, respectively.) Originally located in the State Capitol, NYSL served mainly as a law and reference library for the use of legislators, judges, and state employees.|
|1844||NYSL comes under the direction of the New York State Board of Regents, which has broad oversight of education in New York.|
|1858||NYSL becomes a Federal Depository.|
|1871||NYSL becomes a Federal Patent Depository|
|1896||The New York State Legislature appropriates money to create a Library for the Blind, which provides embossed books to blind adults.|
|1888||Melvil Dewey (creator of the Dewey Decimal System for classifying books) is appointed Director of the State Library, a position he holds through 1906.|
|1904||NYSL becomes part of the newly-formed NYS Education Department.|
|1911||A fire in the Capitol destroys a large part of the State Library's collections on March 29, just weeks before the Library was to move from the Capitol to the newly-constructed Education Building.|
|1913||The Library reopens in the Education Building.|
|1931||The Library for the Blind becomes one of the original Regional Libraries in the Library of Congress' national program. "Talking" books on long-playing record are introduced. (1934?)|
|1974||The Library for the Blind is renamed the Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.|
|1978||In April, the Library completes its move into the new Cultural Education Center (part of the Empire State Plaza), which also houses the State Museum and the State Archives.
NYSL converts to an automated catalog.
|1987||The New York State Newspaper Project is established.|
|1994||NYSL launches its first web site
The NYS Government Information Locator System (GILS) is established.
|1995||The Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped is renamed the Talking Book and Braille Library.|