George Bruce Branch Library

Address: 518 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-662-9727
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Branch History:

George Bruce was an enterprising young Scotsman who sailed to the United States before he was 15. Eventually settling in New York, he became a well-known typefounder and inventor of printing machinery. In 1877, Bruce's daughter Catherine contributed $50,000 for a library building and books, in memory of her father. Completed in 1888, the original George Bruce Library was located on 42nd Street. When it was sold in 1915, the proceeds were used to build the present-day, handsome brick and sandstone Carrere and Hastings-designed building on 125th Street. Heavily used by children and teenagers who come to read and study, the George Bruce Library features a spacious Children's Room. Cultural programs for all ages are held in the auditorium, which includes a stage built by the WPA project.

In 2001, a renovation has provided the building a new entrance with restored façade and an elevator giving access to persons who use wheelchairs. New telecommunications equipment, computer workstations, and furnishings were also added.

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