New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

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.



Monday, April 16, 2018
The best library system in the world, in my opinion. It supports well over 80 branches around the New York area and a myriad of programs for children and adults alike. Let us not forget to mention their expansive and steadfastly growing digital library. You can order your library card online and access the digitized books from the comfort of your home. However, nothing beats the experience of being physically there. It is not just a library, it is a highly sophisticated system which provides free access and education.

Brian Hagan

Monday, May 7, 2018
Hands down the most beautiful library I have ever seen or been inside. The architecture is stunning, second to none. Was visiting from the West coast and had to stop by once I saw the outside. Would definitely be my study spot if I lived in the area. A remarkable work of art!

Ari Adler

Friday, May 4, 2018
A beautiful building; take some time to wander and check out the architecture. If you have some time to do research, they apparently have a large collection of historical maps. Also, a big surprise for me was that the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals are at this library. You will find them in the children's reading room. (Warning: they are a lot creepier looking than their fictional cartoon counterparts, so some kids may not appreciate seeing the real ones.)

Jenny Trump

Friday, May 4, 2018
Beautiful library, and the books that are available are astounding. I was really hoping however to see the Gutenberg Bible on display. I asked the information desk and they said because of events that had to keep moving it around so they just put it in storage. What? How can you have such a treasure in storage and its never on display for people to see? I would love to see this one day and I'm hoping the museum will find a permanent location so it can be seen. If there is not enough room in the library because of events, maybe it should be on display somewhere else. With only 6 complete copies in the United States this is a treasure to be shared.

Cortney Fisher

Friday, May 4, 2018
The beauty of this facility is undeniable. Every visit I’m more and more impressed with the pure size of the structure, but also the remarkable work that went into making the NY Public Library is distinctly regal. There are plenty of staff and info areas to ensure you can find your way around as well as self-guided and other tours. Definitely stop in!