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New York Public Library

Map & Directions 455 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016
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212-340-0833

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NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials. Our local libraries play a key role in closing the digital divide, especially for the one in three New Yorkers who don’t have Internet access at home. New York City public school students rely on their local branches for homework help. The city’s immigrant communities count on NYPL’s English language and literacy classes. Job seekers depend on our comprehensive job search resources. Altogether, the Library offers 55,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors.

 
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  • MTV on 01/21/11

    MTV News: We came here for a 'Decoded' interview with Jay-Z. For a limited time you can still check out the Sean Jean store nearby.

  • Time Out New York on 11/23/11

    Your request for a book used to be shot throughout the building via giant brass pneumatic tubes. Now obsolete, the pipes can still be viewed at the clerk’s desk in the third-floor catalog room.

  • Free one-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall.

  • Fast Company on 02/14/11

    This library was among the first to join Google's "Library Project," which aims to scan the collections of the world's major book repositories and make their contents searchable online.

  • The New Yorker on 08/13/10

    William Coleridge and Mark Twain argued with their books; Vladimir Nabokov graded his instead. Unsurprisingly, he gave top marks to himself. Ian Frazier witnessed it.

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