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New York Public Library

Library · Midtown East
476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York, NY 10018, United States
Open until 6:00 PM (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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    Marta G.
    "Wonderful free tour around the library, excellent guide!"(13 Tips)
    Carmen N.
    "Check out the map room in addition to the Rose Main Reading Room."(9 Tips)
    Sharon U.
    "The Rose Reading Room at the NYPL is a must see!"(8 Tips)
    John W.
    "Don't miss the Gutenberg Bible when visiting here... absolutely beautiful!"(7 Tips)

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  • Gustavo S.

    Rose room is still sadly "temporarily closed"

    Gustavo Sandoval · 1 day ago
  • Raymond B.

    Beautiful architecture.

    Raymond Bailey · 3 days ago
  • Nazli O.

    Must see place amazing ceiling

    Nazli Oguz · 1 week ago
  • Gabriel M.

    Impossible to come here, and not remember it was once covered in snow and people survived the end of the world here.

    Gabriel Marchezini · 1 week ago
  • Rochelle G.

    Beautiful ceilings. Great space to duck in and chill with a good book.

    Rochelle Gilliard · 3 weeks ago
  • Peter

    Massive selection

    Peter · January 10
  • Ricardo L.

    Nice! If a winter storm is coming! Fire the books and survive until your dad comes to rescue you!

    Ricardo Luciano · January 3
  • Ricky T.

    Gutenberg Bible

    Ricky Thomas · January 2
  • jiresell

    Beautiful building! Can't wait until the remodel of the main reading room is completed!

    jiresell · December 31, 2015
  • Jose V.

    The store is nice!!!

    Jose VGil · December 31, 2015
  • Mike D.

    Had a dinner here. Cool space.

    Mike Davis · December 28, 2015
  • Netsirk

    Need a public bathroom? Here you go!

    Netsirk · December 18, 2015
  • Lily

    Can't beat the free wifi & public restrooms

    Lily · December 12, 2015
  • Biz T.

    Who you gonna call?

    Biz Traveldude · December 10, 2015
  • Pete W.

    NYC Landmark - Extensive Cultural Programs & Literary Collection

    Pete Webb · December 2, 2015
  • Jc S.

    Great gift-shop, surprisingly.

    Jc Sls · December 2, 2015
  • Karissa D.

    Gorgeous library. Getting a card to print was like a wild goose chase, though.

    Karissa Durler · December 1, 2015
  • Arseny A.

    Nice architecture, nice place to spend time with yourself

    Arseny Aristov · November 2, 2015
  • Abigail A.

    A gorgeous landmark that has turned more into a museum than a library, unfortunately.

    Abigail Argersinger · October 23, 2015
  • Neslihan S.

    One word.. It's perfect!

    Neslihan Savas · October 5, 2015
  • Tayyare F.

    İconic building. Must ser

    Tayyare Flying · September 29, 2015
  • Diego F.

    The main room will be opened in 2016

    Diego Fernández · September 24, 2015
  • Alex M.

    Unbelievable place for the book lovers.

    Alex M. · September 21, 2015
  • Marco D.

    Be respectful of others if you are taking pictures, turn shutter off and don't use flash

    Marco Donjuan · September 16, 2015
  • Jacob F.

    Follow signs to the South Court and go down. See where the stone changes from polished white to rough black? It’s the leftover foundation from a giant block-sized pyramid called the Croton reservoir.

    Jacob Ford · September 16, 2015
  • Laura B.

    Such a fascinating atmosphere...

    Laura Bonelli · September 13, 2015
  • Marina B.

    Great free wifi

    Marina Burity · September 12, 2015
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    h.sarper · September 11, 2015
  • Ilana S.


    Ilana Sztaimberg · September 6, 2015
  • Charles G.

    Beautiful building. Visit the Maparium. You can stop here and use WiFi and charge your devices.

    Charles Guerrero · September 6, 2015
  • Ali Rıza D.

    👍🇹🇷hello from in turkey

    Ali Rıza Doghim ✈ · August 27, 2015
  • Jillian B.

    You can't actually go in the library parts, which I understand but am still disappointed.

    Jillian Burnickas · August 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth

    The children's reading room was fun for the kids. The main reading room was closed for restoration.

    Elizabeth · August 21, 2015
  • Neide S.


    Neide Senzi · August 19, 2015
  • Liliana B.

    Such a nice place to spend time there is free wifi if you need it

    Liliana Benitez · August 16, 2015
  • Bill O.

    Astounding number of young laptop people busy tapping away...but at what?

    Bill O'Leary · July 25, 2015
  • Tori P.

    Serene and beautiful.

    Tori Parente · July 24, 2015
  • Tunke L.

    Great gift store, they sell lovely and original books.

    Tunke Lauriks · July 22, 2015
  • Michael F.

    I work from here everyday. It's the most beautiful home for books I've ever been in. Lots of little places to study and get work done. Free wifi all day!!!

    Michael Fernandez · July 19, 2015
  • JC M.

    Go to the map collection room on the ground floor and ask about "Building Inspector." The foundations of historically accurate #VR worlds are being built there and you can pitch in too.

    JC Martinez-Sifre · July 16, 2015
  • Tony S.

    if it's your first time here, don't be afraid to ask for information

    Tony Stark · July 15, 2015
  • Marsha T.

    Exhibits, tours, events, stacks, 100% accessible, outdoor spaces

    Marsha Tyszler · July 2, 2015
  • Shalyn H.

    Great studying spot despite the tourists. Fast and stable wifi. The guards do prevent people from bringing drinks into the reading rooms.

    Shalyn Huang · June 27, 2015
  • Debra D.

    Public Eye, 175 years of sharing photography.

    Debra DeBoise · June 24, 2015
  • Edwulf

    Paradise!!!! Be sure to visit main reading room. Be quiet and no flash please!

    Edwulf · June 22, 2015
  • katty m.

    Book Review: China and the Overseas Chinese -- In every country and every city, there will always be a China town. These streets are not only famous for its Chinese people and food... Read more

    katty mcqueen · June 15, 2015
  • Felix G.

    It is beautiful inside, nice place to relax

    Felix Grushevsky · June 3, 2015
  • Harry

    Must see in NY. I'm not usually the one to visit libraries but this one is worth it! Just wonder around and admire the architectural features and decorations in the various rooms

    Harry · June 3, 2015
  • Dylan P.

    Great exhibitions and amazing architecture

    Dylan Perera · May 30, 2015

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