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Library · Midtown East
476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York, NY 10018, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (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!"(6 Tips)

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  • Karissa D.

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

    Karissa Durler · 11 hours ago
  • Arseny A.

    Nice architecture, nice place to spend time with yourself

    Arseny Aristov · November 2
  • Abigail A.

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

    Abigail Argersinger · October 23
  • Neslihan S.

    One word.. It's perfect!

    Neslihan Savas · October 5
  • Tayyare F.

    İconic building. Must ser

    Tayyare Flying · September 29
  • Diego F.

    The main room will be opened in 2016

    Diego Fernández · September 24
  • Alex M.

    Unbelievable place for the book lovers.

    Alex M. · September 21
  • Marco D.

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

    Marco Donjuan · September 16
  • 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
  • Laura B.

    Such a fascinating atmosphere...

    Laura Bonelli · September 13
  • Marina B.

    Great free wifi

    Marina Burity · September 12
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    H Sarper · September 11
  • Ilana S.


    Ilana Sztaimberg · September 6
  • Charles G.

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

    Charles Guerrero · September 6
  • Ali Rıza D.

    👍🇹🇷hello from in turkey

  • Jillian B.

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

    Jillian Burnickas · August 26
  • Elizabeth

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

    Elizabeth · August 21
  • Neide S.


    Neide Senzi · August 19
  • Liliana B.

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

    Liliana Benitez · August 16
  • Bill O.

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

    Bill O'Leary · July 25
  • Tori P.

    Serene and beautiful.

    Tori Parente · July 24
  • Tunke L.

    Great gift store, they sell lovely and original books.

    Tunke Lauriks · July 22
  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • Tony S.

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

    Tony Stark · July 15
  • Marsha T.

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

    Marsha Tyszler · July 2
  • 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
  • Debra D.

    Public Eye, 175 years of sharing photography.

    Debra DeBoise · June 24
  • Edwulf

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

    Edwulf · June 22
  • 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
  • Felix G.

    It is beautiful inside, nice place to relax

  • 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
  • Karl F.

    Great exhibitions and amazing architecture

    Karl Forbin · May 30
  • Rodrigo A.

    Quiet to study

    Rodrigo Artavia · May 27
  • Andrea T.

    The arts and architecture room is the best choice for working

    Andrea TK · May 27
  • Scott G.

    Great place to get quiet work done, power outlets and good chairs... As long as you don't mind the tourists occasionally walking through.

    Scott Gellman · May 27
  • Nicolas E.

    Main room was closed and opposite one reserved, no luck.

    Nicolas Evens · May 23
  • PureWow

    The fourth largest library in the world, the NYPL holds more than 53 million items and was built over 12 years using 530,000 cubic feet of marble. Read more

    PureWow · May 11
  • Celia N.

    Beautiful building. Try not to disturb much as people are studying and reading. They also have free exhibitions.

  • Eva

    Wonderful library; interesting tour.

    Eva · April 24
  • Booie

    Love how its an architectural maserpiece

    Booie · April 17
  • Louis M.

    Lot of reconstruction when I went (April 2015) not much to do or see.

    Louis Matta · April 14
  • Lloyd G.

    Step into history and soak in the incredible architecture.

    Lloyd G · April 9
  • Booie

    You can go inside and marvel at the grandeur of the architecture .... Specially on the 3rd floor

    Booie · April 9
  • Leandro V.

    Amazing place! The architecture is beautiful, they have nice exhibitions and quiet places to read.

    Leandro Vicente · March 20
  • Nadia C.

    Amazing place to get work done + great resources

    Nadia Chilmonik · March 20
  • Karl B.

    Such beautiful architecture. Also be sure to stop by the bookstore on the third floor. Lots of high quality mementoes and Americana there.

    Karl B · March 17
  • elizabeth n.

    Check out the AMAZING print collection. It is the largest and best in the US.

    elizabeth nehlich · March 11
  • justa g.

    Great photography exhibit.

    justa gypsy · March 1
  • 🍚

    Beautiful library. Could spend hours exploring the building itself. Definitely worth going to as. New Yorker too. Not just a tourist attraction

    🍚 · March 1

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