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NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Map & Directions 5th Ave. at 42nd St.
New York, NY 10018
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917-275-6975

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Often referred to as the "main branch," the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. The non-circulating graduate-level collections were initially formed from the consolidation of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and have evolved into one of the world's preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience -- from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature.

 
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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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