New York Public Library - Bloomingdale Library, New York City

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Branch History

Before the Revolutionary War, the Dutch who settled in the beautiful countryside, now known as the Upper West Side, called the area "Bloemendaal," meaning valley of flowers. Anglicized as Bloomingdale, this rural community was connected to the lower part of Manhattan by the Bloomingdale Road, its route largely echoed today by Broadway. In 1898, the community had its first library, the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Free Circulating Library, which was consolidated in 1901 with The New York Public Library. Sixty years later, a new Bloomingdale library opened in a modern two-story building one block east of its original location. The Bloomingdale Library - spacious and wheelchair accessible - houses collections for adults and teenagers for borrowing on the ground floor. The children's collection shares the second floor with an auditorium used for library programs and community meetings.
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  • During the holiday season, there was a big Christmas tree on the doorstep. For this reason, the entrance security check was crowded and there were a few rows in front of the entrance. The interior of the building was excellent and the world of SATC was intact.
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  • The visit here is totally free and you can wander around and photograph the various rooms. In fact there is not much to see if you don't buy an audioguide, but the building is still impressive. Council
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  • Do NOT come here if you need to focus on anything at all. There are children screaming, patrons who come in speaking at full volume and are not asked to keep it quiet, and sirens blaring outside. There is literally not one quiet space in this building except one room you need to reserve which is upstairs in the children’s section that sounds more like a daycare than a library.
  • Haven’t been to this library in awhile. I went Wednesday and brought my laptop to use. At first I didn’t know where I could sit and be able to work and use an outlet. I went to the information desk and the guy came from around the desk to show me where I could use my computer. He could have just pointed me in the direction but I appreciate that he made the initiative to help me. The space is quiet and open. You sometimes forget that you are in a public library. I will now begin to come more often to this location.
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