New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

About Us

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.



Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

PROS: Staff was kind and helpful, and I was easily able to find what I was looking for (books on history), and was easily able to do what I wanted to get done. It is extremely easy to get to, and had a beautiful building, inside and out. It is also a great place to read, or just hang out. CONS: Tourists are always roaming the place, block entrances, and act above us locals who use the library. Also, books can take awhile to come to the main reading room from the book storage floors below ground.

Dominique Symonette

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Love the readings rooms esp 3rd floor. Great for studying and big project days. Very well managed and monitored for noise policy. They will escort you to a study room if you are talking out loud . Yes ! Folks come in and attempt to carry out one on one tutoring in an open quiet space, very inconsiderate...the staff ensure that they restore a quiet environs quite quickly! Love this place!

Lei Wang

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Magnificent architecture and beautiful design details! The information desk is so welcoming and helpful. If you visit there, please start from the 16-min movie... nice guide and overview. RM 315 is the famous reading room. Don't miss it!

Muhammad Osman

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The building architecture looks like an Art Gallery or museum in Paris and when you enter, you feel like you are in a beautiful art gallery. The upper floor has some amazing art on the walls and on the roof which makes you forget that you are in library. At the time of my visit there was an interesting photography exhibition on display which made the library tour quite interesting and unique. It's a must visit attraction if you are in Manhattan.

Mia Maria

Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017

The architecture is very impressive. The library is interesting. Many tourists don't know how to behave but I guess that's just how it is.