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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  • Just walking into the library is an incredible experience. The architecture is magnificent and the rooms are gorgeous. Of course, the book collection is unsurpassed and the exhibits are always... 
    Just walking into the library is an incredible experience. The architecture is magnificent and the rooms are gorgeous. Of course, the book collection is unsurpassed and the exhibits are always...  more »
  • After many trips to New York City it was only recently that I visited for the first time this landmark building on 5th Avenue. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the New York... 
    After many trips to New York City it was only recently that I visited for the first time this landmark building on 5th Avenue. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the New York...  more »
  • Do visit. This architecturally delightful building is an embodiment of the cherished American ideal of public works endowed by philanthropy of those who can afford it and support of visitors and... 
    Do visit. This architecturally delightful building is an embodiment of the cherished American ideal of public works endowed by philanthropy of those who can afford it and support of visitors and...  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Staff was super friendly. Cute gift shop. They definitely don't make buildings like this anymore. We were just at the right time to see a woman be proposed to on the stairs! Very adorable! If you lovebirds ever see this review...I wish you a happy life together!!!
  • Talk about the most exquisite library you’ve ever seen! This library is an enormous structure that is a beautiful sight in the New York landscape. As soon as you walk inside you are taken aback by the incredible interior decoration and high ceilings. Please note that this is a RESEARCH only library. This means you can NOT check out books or apply for library cards. There is an incredible exhibit that you can get free tickets for online. This exhibit has amazing artifacts to look at such as Gutenberg Bible, a handwritten copy of constitution by one of our Forefathers, Charles Dickens desk, and many more incredible items!
  • A monumental place we have all seen in so many movies. But also a nice oasis of calm. Don’t expect to see the reading rooms: these are not for tourists (and they shouldn’t). Admire the entrance, use the tables and seats just outside. Go in to see the beautiful lobby and do pay a visit to the library’s bookstore. You will find some very interesting books and a few very nice NYC gadgets at a very reasonable price. Stay away from high street gadget shops…
  • NY and Boston public libraries are my most favorite in the Northeast. The interior is simply alluring with elegant rococo ornaments. Makes you feel special just being there. The library frequently hosts free collections. The last one I went to was about memento. Do you know Lolita author Nabokov was a professional butterfly researcher? Dare to say he knows more about butterfly anatomy than men's minds.
  • A true library for any library to aspire too. I spent an hour here but wish I could have spent more time. It's an large and full of charm. I'm sure someone better would be able to explain the history but it's so neat to walk around. You do need a library card to get into some rooms but a lot of the space you can explore yourself. Also they have a little museum of special historical artifacts that's really special to see. You have to reserve time to see it but it doesn't take long. I recommend seeing this at least once if you're traveling to NY! Also the park outside is so beautiful and wonderful.

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