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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. Put New York Public Library and other New York City attractions into our New York City tourist route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It is the best thing you can see in NYC, I am fan of books and history so I really enjoyed amazing time there, every time with visit to NY the library is always on the list 
  • Très belle bibliothèque, à la démesure américaine, grand hall tout en marbre, très photogénique. Une visite gratuite à ne pas manquer ! 
  • definitely worth dropping by but particularly at 13;00 when there is a free one hour tour. the special exhibitions - usually announced in big banners in front - are fascinating. 
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  • The architecture of the building facade and the library rooms is just stunning and picture-worthy. I spent a good two hours just walking around and taking photos, mindful of the other people working in and using the library. It is more than a library, although the library collection is pretty impressive as it is. It has public art in practically all corners of the building, small exhibits of cultural and historical significance, even a gift shop/bookstore. Best of all, it is free to the public.
  • One of the truly iconic buildings in the whole country, the New York Public Library is top of the great places in the city to visit to slow down, read, use your laptop and take a break. I've studied for exams here and it's a remarkably serene place to hang out, be inspired by the architecture and the history, and just enjoy New York at a slower, quieter pace. It's also much larger than it looks so exploring the building's maze of corridors and rooms can be a fun afternoon it itself.
  • I'm not a library person, but I love this library. The artwork and architecture is amazing, the reading room is legendary, and I always learn something fascinating whenever I come here. To top it all off, they have a Gutenburg Bible on display here, one of only 49 in the world.
  • Great place to get work/study done. Beautiful rooms and decent wifi. Also nice to sit outside with a coffee on a nice day.
  • Are you kidding me? This library is horrible... 1. This library is located in the most expensive borough in New York but their computers are older then hyroglyphics. 2. Alot of the staff members are rude (especially alot of the security guards. 3. This Library closes way too early. 4. You dont get enough time on the computer. 5. There arent enough plugs to charge your phones. Queens Library is much better.