New York Public Library
10:00 - 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
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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.
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  • 5th Ave • 2 min walk
  • 42nd St – Bryant Park • 4 min walk
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,146 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
The New York Public Library is a landmark that every American know just by sight. It has been used in movies and TV shows and is a must for any visit to NYC. I always like to go to have my photo taken with the lions. The architecture inside and out is so impressive and it is a beautifully maintained. Go enjoy and wander around.
Written 19 November 2022
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ParisgalChicagoIL
The Villages, FL657 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Of course I had to stop in! The site of several film locations shot here…Ghostbusters, Sex in the City and more it is lavish landmark rich in architectural detail and history. Lovely gift shop decked out for the holidays
Written 18 November 2022
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Chris H
Sheffield, UK86 contributions
Nov 2022
The staff were so helpful and we enjoyed the free tour of the building such a great thing to do right next to Bryant Park
Written 15 November 2022
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Gamal_Mik
Cairo, Egypt167 contributions
Oct 2022
The historic building is impressive. The library is really rich and worth visiting.
However, it is an operating library. For visitors, this is a drawback. Many areas are restricted to users and researchers.
Written 13 November 2022
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Bremen_GermanyUlib
Bremen, Germany19 contributions
Oct 2022
I was there twice, one to visit and a second time for a research at the library and on public ancestors sides. A must
Written 13 November 2022
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Rose H
North Augusta, SC137 contributions
Nov 2022
I recommend the New York Public Library as a stop on your tour of NYC. Not only is the building architecturally stunning, but the regular free exhibits are incredibly interesting! We just saw the Polonsky Exhibit, an amazing exhibit of a variety of items from the Library's collection. They show everything from ancient illuminated manuscripts to Shakespeare texts to Charles Dickens' desk. You really could spend several hours in there easily.
Written 7 November 2022
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KTMsmurf
Kvissleby, Sweden61 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Nice and clean, good way to get of a busy and noisy street. Go up to the 7th floor and grab a coffee and go out on the terrace and enjoy the sun.
It would have been five stars if not the dude in the cafe had rolled his eyes when we ordered a latte. Like it was sooooo hard to make a coffee. Almost like I would have like to take a dollar from the tip jar just because he was so “sourdoughed” 🤣 good Latte though so not sure what his problem was.
Written 2 November 2022
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Harry H
Macclesfield, UK61 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Choka and not a single book available. Certainly the worst library I’ve ever visited.
The building’s architecture was apparently so wonderful that it doesn’t occur to the staff to mention that you can only access the stair wells.
Written 2 November 2022
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA7,575 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
After walking up The Avenue from my Chelsea digs, this storied library was the perfect spot to recharge myself, and my phone.

I was able to use one of the smaller reading rooms, which had a gorgeous series of art depictions on its wooden walls, showing classic Manhattan scenes.

A combination the impressive setting and the peaceful, studious atmosphere meant I caught up on my h needed work and had a breather at the same time.

A million miles from the visitors crowding the stairways, yet just down a quiet corridor a few yards away. Of course, I had a look around at the familiar sights after my business was done.

Thank you, NYPL, for always being there. I ain't afraid of no ghosts!
Written 27 October 2022
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Explorer_IM
Cambridge, Canada468 contributions
Aug 2022
This is again a free building to visit in NYC. It has huge collection of books and gigantic study halls-an architectural marvel. We loved our visit to library as they run lots of activities too for kids.
Written 11 October 2022
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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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