New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City

4.5

New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world. The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island, and affiliations with academic and professional libraries in the metropolitan area of New York State. he New York Public Library has four research libraries which are open to the general public as well. The library was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age. A number of innovations in recent years have been criticized. In 2004 NYPL announced participation in the Google Books Library Project. By agreement between Google and major international libraries, selected collections of public domain books would be scanned in their entirety and made available online for free to the public.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    13:00 - 17:00

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Tue

    10:00 - 19:45

  • Wed

    10:00 - 19:45

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:45

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  • Zhao Jing

    4
    - 02 June 2018 -

    this place is a 10 min walk from Times Square.Hidden gem in Manhattan (not really hidden, as it is a huge 4 story library). Great place to visit as a tourist, great for studying and doing some work. So many books and floors and the design and ceilings are magnificent. located right next to Bryant park with two stone lions at either side of stairway to the entrance. Its a National historic landmark. Its grandeur gives feeling of museum in itself. Large paintings and art work displayed is worth appreciating. Rooms inside lit with massive windows and grand chandeliers, furnished with sturdy woody tables, comfort chairs and brass lamps. You can get access to computers and laptops after issusing library card. Its open until 8pm I like this library and the MC Donald nearby 😊🙏😊👍

  • Brian Hagan

    5
    - 08 May 2018 -

    Hands down the most beautiful library I have ever seen or been inside. The architecture is stunning, second to none. Was visiting from the West coast and had to stop by once I saw the outside. Would definitely be my study spot if I lived in the area. A remarkable work of art!

  • Ari Adler

    4
    - 04 May 2018 -

    A beautiful building; take some time to wander and check out the architecture. If you have some time to do research, they apparently have a large collection of historical maps. Also, a big surprise for me was that the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals are at this library. You will find them in the children's reading room. (Warning: they are a lot creepier looking than their fictional cartoon counterparts, so some kids may not appreciate seeing the real ones.)

  • Jenny Trump

    3
    - 04 May 2018 -

    Beautiful library, and the books that are available are astounding. I was really hoping however to see the Gutenberg Bible on display. I asked the information desk and they said because of events that had to keep moving it around so they just put it in storage. What? How can you have such a treasure in storage and its never on display for people to see? I would love to see this one day and I'm hoping the museum will find a permanent location so it can be seen. If there is not enough room in the library because of events, maybe it should be on display somewhere else. With only 6 complete copies in the United States this is a treasure to be shared.

  • PARTH JOSHI

    4
    - 16 April 2018 -

    The best library system in the world, in my opinion. It supports well over 80 branches around the New York area and a myriad of programs for children and adults alike. Let us not forget to mention their expansive and steadfastly growing digital library. You can order your library card online and access the digitized books from the comfort of your home. However, nothing beats the experience of being physically there. It is not just a library, it is a highly sophisticated system which provides free access and education.

  • Gregory

    5
    - 01 February 2018 -

    Amazing building... such a great place to come for studying even search the web with everything interests you... you need to check out the reading room or take a tour around the rooms and find out the history of this great architecture building... friendly stuff as well and they help you with everything you are asking for... so happy to visited and it’s totally free...

  • Dror Avrahami

    5
    - 25 January 2018 -

    My favorite spot in NYC, this place is amazing. Give yourself a break and enjoy the amazing building and its unforgettable decor. This place is a must go, hell, it was much better than the museum of natural history (unless you really like stuffy, warm crowded places).

  • Ja Kr

    5
    - 21 December 2017 -

    Another incredible building, most people will only appreciate it for the structure itself. If you get a chance to go inside, and go up to the upper floors and see some beautiful architecture inside. This is a wonderful, free attraction for anybody who's visiting the city, it's worth taking a few minutes to go inside and look at the structure.

  • Virginia Benedict

    5
    - 25 November 2017 -

    The best library system in the world, in my opinion. It supports well over 80 branches around the New York area and a myriad of programs for children and adults alike. Let us not forget to mention their expansive and steadfastly growing digital library. You can order your library card online and access the digitized books from the comfort of your home. However, nothing beats the experience of being physically there. It is not just a library, it is a highly sophisticated system which provides free access and education.

  • Sanjay Gupta

    4
    - 23 September 2017 -

    “a quick stop at fabulous architectural building...!!” - IT'S FREE...!! best reason to go??? ;) right in the middle of the city, near to Bryant park/times square. make a quick stop and get it done in 1-2 hrs. as per title, the building is awesome. If you are not interested in the library, go for its architecture. New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States over millions of books and its branches are in Brooklyn and Bronx. Do check out lions outside the building. it's awesome.!!see pics for more

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    - 24 May 2018 -

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    - 06 September 2017 -

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  • Scott Kleinberg

    - 30 June 2017 -

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  • Lorena Rocha

    - 18 April 2017 -

    Splendid place...

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