New York Public Library, New York City

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Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • While visiting NYC, we made a quick stop to see the reading room at the New York Public Library. Beautiful room, but so many people coming in and out to look I can't imagine actually being able to...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning library and a beautiful respite within the city. Especially gorgeous when decorated for Christmas. Librarians and staff were all very helpful.  more »
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  • This is one of several research libraries in NYC. Entry is free and you can explore at your leisure or plan ahead and arrive early enough to do a docent led, one hour tour. There are so many treasures- the architecture of the building, the interiors of many rooms, the actual books and maps and special exhibits. This is a beautiful library building with tons of marble, just a few steps away from Grand Central Station. If you are visiting the area and would like to do research in the library, you can apply for a library card on-line. Please note, if you are carrying luggage you will not be allowed in the building. Loved everything about it!
  • I am very fascinated by books and old buildings, and the NY Public Library is amazing. The reading room is really beautiful. Highlights include the Map Room and the Rose Reading Room. In these rooms you must keep silent and respect the photo sectors. There is free WiFi. Entrance is free and it is possible to visit it with a guided tour (free in English) or do it on your own following the indications of a brochure. Spectacular architecture and decoration. Quiet to read and study. The library has plugs, computers and bathrooms.
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