New York Public Library

Address: Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 917-275-6975

About Us

The New York Public Library is one of the cornerstones of the American tradition of equal opportunity. It provides free and open access to the accumulated wisdom of the world, without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition. It is everyone's university; the scholar's and author's haven; the statesman's, scientist's, and businessman's essential resource; the nation's memory. It guarantees freedom of information and independence of thought. It enables each individual to pursue learning at his/her own personal level of interest, preparation, ability, and desire. It helps ensure the free trade in ideas and the right of dissent.

The mission of The New York Public Library is to use its available resources in a balanced program of collecting, cataloging, and conserving books and other materials, and providing ready access directly to individual library users and to users elsewhere through cooperating libraries and library networks. The New York Public Library's responsibility is to serve as a great storehouse of knowledge at the heart of one of the world's information centers, and to function as an integral part of a fabric of information and learning that stretches across the nation and the world.

Recent News

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  • An Art Book - Outside Inside

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  • Young Lions Fiction Award

    Meet the year's best young fiction writers at the 10th annual Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony. Join Young Lions co-chair Ethan Hawke and others to celebrate the five finalists and listen to acclaimed actors read from each of the remarkable books. It's the Young Lions' mos...

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  • Live From The NYPL: Lena Herzog In Conversation With Lawrence Weschler

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