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Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

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The New York Public Library is one of the cornerstones of the American tradition of equal opportunity. It provides free and open access to the accumulated wisdom of the world, without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition. It is everyone's university; the scholar's and author's haven; the statesman's, scientist's, and businessman's essential resource; the nation's memory. It guarantees freedom of information and independence of thought. It enables each individual to pursue learning at his/her own personal level of interest, preparation, ability, and desire. It helps ensure the free trade in ideas and the right of dissent.

The mission of The New York Public Library is to use its available resources in a balanced program of collecting, cataloging, and conserving books and other materials, and providing ready access directly to individual library users and to users elsewhere through cooperating libraries and library networks. The New York Public Library's responsibility is to serve as a great storehouse of knowledge at the heart of one of the world's information centers, and to function as an integral part of a fabric of information and learning that stretches across the nation and the world.


nelson beltrand

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Beautiful library the architecture is breathtaking. Attention to detail it's incredible. Closes too early on Fridays for my liking but a great place. It's a library that its super crowded because most people are there to take pictures but it's part of the fun I think.

Ajinkya Buradkar

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
This is magnificent library 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

tish glos

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Love this branch. Clean bathrooms (can't emphasize this enough- been to enough NYPL libraries to know that this branch has the best one). Great selection of books, friendly and helpful staff, good spots for studying/reading/whatever and many of the users are quiet and respectful of the space. There are a bit of tourist but they're usually quiet pleasant and quiet as well. Love coming here.


Thursday, Feb. 1, 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...

Mohammed Allaf

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Such a beautiful building from the inside and out! The place is super quiet and there is plenty of seating! Definitely a perfect place to sit down and get some work done! They even offer free WiFi and computers to use for education purposes!

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