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New York - 115th Street Branch Library

203 West 115th Street


The 115th Street Branch of The New York Public Library, built with funds given to the city by Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1908. A three-floor building, its distinctive facade and enduring elegance inspired its designation as a New York City landmark building. The New York City Landmarks book describes it as "an uncommonly rugged and handsome structure designed by McKim, Mead & White in the rusticated Italian palazzo style." Old-fashioned in character, the library is furnished with lovely wooden display cases positioned along the wall on the first floor. Materials for adults and teenagers are located on the main floor. The children's room is located on the second floor. The branch has a tradition of encouraging neighborhood groups to use its location as a venue for meetings and programs. The library has evolved into a focal point of community activity and learning as well as a testing ground for new artistic productions and talent.


Brooklyn Tea

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
The public restroom smells like a sewer. It's really unfortunate because I can bet you money that the Staff bathroom is pretty much clean. I came to this Library when it JUST opened, around 10 am and used the restroom. Smells horrible, tissue all over the floor and dirty seat. There is no excuse that the restroom was in bad shape RIGHT when it opened.


Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
This library is in a convenient location but is a bit gloomy. Prepare to deal with people with odor as many use the orange seats for naps. It also can get quite noisy from the kids playing.

Anna Ilinskaya

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
I am sorry, is this a place where people can come study and work? It seems that this is a place where homeless people can come and sleep! A lot of homeless people and they smell!

E.V. Katehis

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Cute location.

Sophia Youn

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
One story library. Free wifi. Many power outlets. Lots of hand sanitizer available. One coed bathroom. No soap. Need to push down on sink continuously for water. Good place to wait if need to wait for Apple Store. Pretty crowded on a Thursday at 3pm

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