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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)
212 930 0800
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Ranked #23 of 858 Attractions in New York City
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Type: Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visit the main branch of the NY Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street to see a beautiful building in the grand style. I suspect most New Yorkers forget what a magnificent building it is. I happened to go there after a trip to Europe and was stunned how much it resembled some of the grand buildings I visit... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Classy library of a large size. The good thing to see is that it is widely used by the public and a popular site to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The NY Library's reading room as depicted in NYC photos was closed for restoration. Other areas were also inaccessible to the public. However, the best part of our visit was the children's exhibit on the main floor. It provided interesting anecdotes or background, artifacts, and comic figures for kids (and adults) of diverse backgrounds. I would recommend this as a... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Free tours, basically free roaming around. The tour gives a good insight into collections and how the library was developed. Mondays many rooms are closed.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This place is delightful on a architectural point a view. It's impressive - visit all the room, each is different and deserve that you have a look at them.

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Point Clear, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This library is pure magic. The architecture is the building is stunning but what I love best is the spirit of the building. There is a sense when you enter the doors that you are in a sacred place, a place where books are cherished and honored. I highly recommend a visit.

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The most popular hall was closed during our visit, however we were still able to roam around and admire the design of this beautiful building. The bookstore inside sells a lot of great books, pen, bags, shirts. Bathrooms are in the basement.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Not much can be added to previous reviews. Absolutely worthwhile. Beautiful architecture. Marble everywhere. Wonderful fronting. Interesting gift shop. The exterior details are remarkable. Its lions represent Patience and Fortitude. Said to be the second largest public library in the United States (and third largest in the world). It has many branches in different locations in NYC. A neoclassic building,... More

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Forest Hills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

The New York library is an excellent gift of architecture and learning from the wealthy of the early 1900's. It has something for everyone. It's also where the movie Ghostbusters starts and I found it fun to see how much NYC in 30 years. This is a must see!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Best library I've been to in my life! Beautiful marble throughout, the whole place is just beautiful, feels more like a hotel come museum than a public library!

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