The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world. It is a private, non-governmental, independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing. The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island, and affiliations with academic and professional libraries in the metropolitan area of New York State. The City of New York's other two boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are served by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library, respectively. The branch libraries are open to the general public and consist of circulating libraries. The New York Public Library also has four research libraries which are also open to the general public. The library, officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age.
Even if you’re not a book nut, the library is worth a visit for its impressive Beaux Arts architecture and free exhibits. We prefer to wander on our own, but there are free guided tours of the library as well. Fellow travel lovers shouldn’t miss the Map Room.
One of the best places to visit in NYC. I'm going to be going here in a couple weeks with my little boy and spend an afternoon exploring with him. It's free and open to the public. The building is beautiful and oozes historic charm. It's very quiet (my kid's quiet too), and has free WIFI. Within walking distance to tons of shops and restaurants. You may remember this library from the movie Ghostbusters! Also, there's a great bookstore onsite.
This is a wonderful place to get away from the bustle and noise for a while. Beautiful architecture, great exhibits, and of course, all the books you could ask for. If you're into chill spots, go here.
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New York Public Library
- Mon: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Sun, Tue, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wed, Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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