New York Public Library, New York City

4.6
Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Located in the heart of Manhattan, this museum-like main branch of the New York Public Library that opened in 1911 is a landmark.. It is impressive by its size, the quantity and quality of its holding...  more »
  • Very impressive structure externally in the heart of Fifth Avenue, attracts the eye, when we went in we were amazed, the beauty of the structure, huge space and ceiling murals in the rooms. (Next time maybe I will learn something.)
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  • Gorgeous, modern space built for the future use of libraries: free, quiet space to read and connect. The book selection is smaller than the flagship branch but this is a great respite from noisy cafes and I intend to spend a good deal of time here. Bonus: Ronald the security guard was warm and informative! He could tell it was my first time and kindly gave me the run down of the library and I just love that he clearly has pride about what the library has to offer.
  • Excellent branch library in a beautifully designed, purpose built space. Top notch facilities with a great children’s space on a dedicated floor. Ample seating and workspaces. Casual seating steps where food and beverages are allowed - quite rare for a library - in the signature architectural design element. Diverse and compelling circulating collection. Friendly and resourceful staff. Among the best branch libraries in the city.
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