New York Public Library, New York City

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Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This library is located next to Bryan Park and you enter to admire the beautiful surroundings or people can work in peace. To visit this place, you must get in the floors and into the different rooms. It is superb with painted ceilings. Magnificent architecture. Sorry to have no doubt disturbed all these scholars, but we have no regrets.
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  • Had to stop into this beautiful building to see if the interior matched the exterior! You need to go through security but we didn't wait at all - we just walked in and explored the building in about 2...  more »
  • The building is superb and warrants 5 stars; but when we visited at least the advertised audioguide (which was supposed to be good) was unavailable. They suggested a new version would be available tow...  more »
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  • 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.
  • What a phenomenal public library to go to. So has tarak with amazing architecture in a really throws you back into the Old era of when that library would have been made. Has such a great atmosphere and is very spacious and as a great place to study or just read. If you're in the area I highly recommend this
  • 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
  • Beautiful building near Bryant Park. Home to the second largest public library in North America and the 4th largest in the world. At over 100 years old, it is full of history.....and books! Almost 53,000,000 (yes MILLION) books/items call this place and over three thousand people call this place work. My daughter and I loved visiting here and seeing the beautiful architecture and books.
  • 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.
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