New York Public Library

New York Public Library, New York City: Hours, Address, New York Public Library Reviews: 4.5/5

New York Public Library
4.5
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 5th Ave • 2 min walk
  • 42nd St – Bryant Park • 4 min walk
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TraceyRVA
Richmond, VA15 contributions
Finally Went Inside!
Nov 2021
I have walked past the iconic New York Public Library countless times but had never been inside until recently. I was in NYC for one night after a 2-Show Sunday and had enough time for one activity between breakfast and boarding my train to go home. Because I am a high school librarian, and was staying nearby, I elected to visit the library. I arrived early to register for the free 1-hour tour and to spend some time in the gift shop which offered a variety of NY souvenirs a bit nicer than those found at shops catering to tourists. It also has wonderful items for those who love book and reading. Before the tour, I also registered for a time to enter the Treasures exhibit.

The tour was led by a very informed guide that showed our group of 10 a variety of different spaces in the beautiful building. It was particularly interesting to see the little "train carts" that carry materials to and from underground storage. The Treasures exhibit did not disappoint! As a lover of children's literature, out of all of the impressive items, my favorite was the collection of original Winnie the Pooh and friends stuffed animals.

I doubt this will not be my last visit as I have a little wish list of items I want to purchase at the Library's gift shop on my next visit to NYC.
Written 2 December 2021
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Denni B
14 contributions
Beautiful building but disappointing
Nov 2021
The building is beautiful - lots of marble. But was disappointed that there were no books. The one room where the reference books were was not open to the general public.
Written 29 November 2021
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The Mills Twins
Wrexham, UK419 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2021 • Friends
This is a beautiful building, but it is just a library. There is a very nice gift shop. Free entry but remember that people do come here to study and read in peace.
Written 24 November 2021
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adventix
Boston, MA1,237 contributions
A palace of knowledge
Nov 2021
A beautiful building that is a marvel of architecture and history. Plan to spend here at least an hour or two. You can walk on your own between the different floors and rooms, or take one of the free tours. The gift shop is pleasure to visit.
Written 20 November 2021
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Business And Pleasure
New York City, NY219 contributions
always a winner
Jun 2021
beauty meets the intellect. a food for the soul mid day. always try to be there for an hour every trip. encourage you to do the same
Written 13 November 2021
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,646 contributions
A stunning place!
Oct 2021
We couldn't miss checking out this amazing library - it's world famous. We hadn't done our research however, and didn't know you had to be on a tour to see the Rose Room. We got there too late... BUT, the other parts of the library are equally impressive, so if you're in the same boat, just go, poke around! Check our photos!
Written 9 November 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,555 contributions
Grand Building with Special Expos
Nov 2021
It's a grand beautiful building and you will learn about its design and development inside. There is always a great special expo here, this time on the treasures in their huge collection. Lots of beautiful rooms and corridors to explore. All free.
Written 5 November 2021
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Nelba Q
La Plata, Argentina26 contributions
Cnant miss visiting this library
Oct 2021
I really enjoy visiting the different areas and I was fascinated with the reading room. I highly recommend it
Written 3 November 2021
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Kathy M
31 contributions
A must see
Jul 2021 • Couples
This building is magnificent. No wonder it has appeared in so many films and TV shows. The rooms and books within are incredible and really quite awe inspiring. Everyone was extremely respectful of the “quiet” policy. The reading room on the 3rd floor is definitely worth checking out.
Written 30 October 2021
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ronjo81
Charlotte93 contributions
If you love marble..
Oct 2021
Love that you can walk around the library and explore. Public restrooms. The bag check at security takes 3 seconds. No waiting. Reading rooms on 3rd floor.
Written 28 October 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about New York Public Library

New York Public Library is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Mon 08:00 - 20:00
  • Tue - Wed 08:00 - 21:00
  • Thu - Thu 08:00 - 20:00
  • Fri - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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