New York Public Library

New York Public Library

476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York, NY 10018
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Closed until 10:00am (Show more)
  • Mon, Thu–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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  • "... room" instead of the Rose Reading Room, more space (but not as pretty)" (6 tips)
  • "... like checking out the exhibitions, grand reading rooms, & the artwork..." (19 tips)
  • "There are 8 floors of books underground here. No visitors are allowed..." (37 tips)
  • MTV

    MTV News: We came here for a 'Decoded' interview with Jay-Z. For a limited time you can still check out the Sean Jean store nearby.

    MTV · January 21, 2011
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  • Time Out New York

    Your request for a book used to be shot throughout the building via giant brass pneumatic tubes. Now obsolete, the pipes can still be viewed at the clerk’s desk in the third-floor catalog room. Read more

    Time Out New York · November 23, 2011
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  • New York Public Library

    Free one-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. Read more

    New York Public Library · December 23, 2010
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  • Fast Company

    This library was among the first to join Google's "Library Project," which aims to scan the collections of the world's major book repositories and make their contents searchable online.

    Fast Company · February 14, 2011
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  • The New Yorker

    William Coleridge and Mark Twain argued with their books; Vladimir Nabokov graded his instead. Unsurprisingly, he gave top marks to himself. Ian Frazier witnessed it. Read more

    The New Yorker · August 13, 2010
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  • City of New York

    "The 3rd largest public library in the world is housed in an architectural masterpiece. Free tours - don't miss the map room! On a nice day, check out a book and read in gorgeous Bryant Park."

    City of New York · May 6, 2013
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  • The New Yorker

    “Kerouac’s crutches are kept in the Berg. / Is not this the greatest of institutions, / With levels we both know nothing about?” – Michael Longley, “In the New York Public Library” Read more

    The New Yorker · October 19, 2010
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  • The New Yorker

    Tomorrow night (10/24/12) at 7 P.M., Don DeLillo will discuss his new short-story collection "The Angel Esmerelda" with writer Jonathan Franzen. Don't miss it! Read more

    The New Yorker · October 24, 2012
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  • New York Public Library

    Manage your Library account on the go! Download our free iPhone app and register at nypl.bibliocommons.com. Read more

    New York Public Library · July 5, 2011
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  • City of New York

    The NYPL site was originally the Croton Reservoir, which occupied a two-block section of Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets.

    City of New York · June 3, 2013
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  • Kathryn Y.

    Since 1987, the REAL Winnie the Pooh and four of his best friends--Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger--have been living at The New York Public Library's Children's Center.

    Kathryn Y. · August 16, 2011
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  • New York Public Library

    Manage your Library account on the go! Download our free iPhone app and register at nypl.bibliocommons.com. Read more

    New York Public Library · July 5, 2011
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  • City of New York

    More than one million books were set in place before the official dedication of the Library on May 23, 1911 and 30,000-50,000 visitors streamed through the NYPL during its first day open.

    City of New York · April 15, 2013
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  • City of New York

    Did you know the New York Public Library system serves 16 million patrons annually?

    City of New York · January 22, 2013
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  • Examiner.com

    Book Signing for the Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd edition) is on January 31, 2011 at 6:30pm, don't miss it! Read more

    Examiner.com · December 28, 2010
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  • Devin A. B.

    Free internet

    Devin A. B. · March 15, 2009
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  • andrew b.

    look at all the beautiful woodwork.

    andrew b. · April 12, 2009
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  • naveen

    patience and fortitude, the library lions, make this my most favorite library in the world. a beautiful building and one you'll remember from ghostbusters! the map room is not to be missed.

    naveen · September 8, 2011
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  • Kyle Cameron S.

    To prevent your chair from making noise as you pull it away from the table, simply lift as you pull, raising the back two legs away from the ground. The front two legs will slide along silently.

    Kyle Cameron S. · November 27, 2010
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  • H B.

    Go to the New York public library and see the Gutenberg bible.

    H B. · August 19, 2009
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  • New York Public Library

    Our Holiday Tree is up! Visit the Library and don’t forget to check in on Foursquare. Read more

    New York Public Library · December 2, 2011
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  • Lizzie S.

    Just in the main reading room (room 315) surrounded by regular books, MacBooks and productivity. Getting so much done in these inspiring surroundings!

    Lizzie S. · October 28, 2009
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  • MoMA

    New York Public Library is a MoMA: Landmarks of Modern Architecture Scavenger Hunt location! Show your checkin at MoMA (6/17-7/31) to receive $5 off 1 regular admission ticket! http://bit.ly/13Acm3l

    MoMA · June 17, 2013
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  • Dominic

    Be sure to look up!

    Dominic · January 28, 2013
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  • Kyle Cameron S.

    For an overwhelmingly incredible starting point on any interest, check out the Dictionary Of The History Of Ideas. Reading Room South, four sections in on the left.

    Kyle Cameron S. · October 16, 2010
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  • Algonquin Hotel

    Read our friend Dottie Parkerʼs words in “Dorothy Parker” located in the Main Reading Room-JFC 05-8, but it is a library so donʼt get caught bursting out in laughter at her famous wisecracks.

    Algonquin Hotel · October 1, 2010
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  • Bitsy M.

    Weekday Daily tours at 11am and 2pm, Saturday at 3:30

    Bitsy M. · February 11, 2010
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Walk past marble lions nicknamed Patience and Fortitude into a 1911 masterpiece of Beaux-Arts design by famed firm Carrère and Hastings. - Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · February 19, 2013
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  • Best Delegate

    In NYC staffing a MUN conference, but worried about finals next week? Get some peace and quiet and study here!

    Best Delegate · September 6, 2011
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Even just sitting between the iconic stone lions is an evocative New York experience, but we also like checking out the exhibitions, grand reading rooms, & the artwork scattered around the building. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · May 1, 2012
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  • Janet C.

    Beautiful place to relax and read a book.

    Janet C. · February 18, 2010
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  • Mike Bloomberg

    Yesterday, I was here to discuss the remarkable progress we've made in NYC's public schools at NBC's Education Nation summit: http://bit.ly/19djT9I

    Mike Bloomberg · October 9, 2013
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  • Mike Bloomberg

    On 5/23/11, I spoke at the rededication ceremony of the Landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Mike Bloomberg · February 16, 2012
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  • Education Nation

    We love the innovative thinking that goes on behind the curtain at NYPL, like all-night scavenger hunts and reading fines down. Soak up smart thinking here and at EducationNation.com.

    Education Nation · September 23, 2011
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  • Sinem C.

    The best library I have ever seen.

    Sinem C. · September 14, 2010
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  • Sean O.

    Awesome architecture along with millions of books....definitely a place to see again Read more

    Sean O. · May 23, 2010
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  • Mary

    Best hours in NYPL system. Open 7 days a week, and till 11PM M-Th.

    Mary · November 11, 2010
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  • Ehab M.

    I wish I knew where I was in this library to mention a tip. Make sure you walk around. Its beautiful.

    Ehab M. · December 9, 2009
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  • New York Public Library

    Speak Out for Your Libraries! NYPL needs your help NOW to stop a proposed $43 million cut. Help protect the Library, sign a letter of support today.http://www.nypl.org/speakout

    New York Public Library · May 10, 2012
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  • Jeffrey Z.

    Renowned by scholars as one of the world's great research libraries. Loved by New Yorkers for the lions (Patience and Fortitude), the architecture, and beautiful Bryant Park in its back yard.

    Jeffrey Z. · February 23, 2012
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  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular

    NYPL named the Rockettes one of the treasures of America’s favorite public library. View beautiful historical photographs of the Rockettes in the commemorative book Know the Past, Find the Future.

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  • BurgerConquest D.

    Ghostbusters filming location: "First ghost sighting." Read more

    BurgerConquest D. · October 2, 2011
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  • @MisterHirsch

    Home of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening night gala ... definitely THE EVENT for any cocktail lover. "There can't be good living where there is not good drinking" -Benjamin Franklin Cheers!

    @MisterHirsch · May 13, 2011
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  • Berkeley College

    Just a block away from the Berkeley College NYC Midtown Campus! This is a really great place to study with free internet or you can just hang out on the front steps with the famous lions. Read more

    Berkeley College · October 19, 2010
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  • Roberta V.

    Has AC, has books, 'nuff said.

    Roberta V. · September 15, 2010
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  • Seinfeld

    Can't stand ja! Can't stand ja!

    Seinfeld · July 12, 2010
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  • Samman

    The 3rd largest public library in the world is housed in an architectural masterpiece. Free tours - don't miss the map room! On a nice day, check out a book and read in gorgeous Bryant Park.

    Samman · April 23, 2013
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  • Jake S.

    Back off man. I'm a scientist.

    Jake S. · January 2, 2013
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  • Barneys New York

    Relax on the steps of New York Public Library and enjoy a historic city site!

    Barneys New York · November 21, 2011
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  • PADRE SCORAGGIO

    Non chiedete i libri di Fabio Volo: si rischia la sedia elettrica

    PADRE SCORAGGIO · September 27, 2013
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