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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 #21 of 848 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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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I loved my visit to the library, they had an exhibition about the importance of children's books that I really enjoyed. The library is beautiful by itself and having exhibitions was a great excuse for us to make a stop and visit it.

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Chester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Visited a special childrens book exhibition, well set out & informative.Recommended visit to shop as well

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Main Rose Reading Room was shut down when we were there. It is a huge library. I recommend taking a tour.

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

With most museums closed on Mondays, the NYPL made for a great stop, with new exhibitions and a reminder of the great architecture found within. A quick stop to eat at Bryant Park cafe enhanced the day.

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Illinois US
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were disappointed that the Rose reading room with the fabulous ceiling is closed for repairs for at least 6 months. The library is still a must see. The Gutenberg Bible is on the 3rd floor. Walk behind the library to Bryant Park and have a sandwich from the Deli across the street.

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Grimsby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Free, in a prime location right near many of the major attractions and is such a beautiful sight! Definitely a must! Even if you don't like books you have to see this place, what real architecture is.

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Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you love classic architecture (or fabulous collections of books!), you must visit the main public library. The outside of the building is impressive with the stone lions, levels of steps, columns, entrance portico, etc., and the inside is equally gorgeous. The carving on the wooden ceiling is magnificent. We visited recently for the exhibition on children's literature called "The... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A truly majestic, photo-genic, historical public facility well worth exploring. An extraordinary history and treasure trove of brilliant literature from many generations. Just a great place to visit.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The building is impressive and entry hall is picturesque. First time we visited, it was closed. I wish you open longer hours in the evenings. I was able to take nice pictures of the outside of the building and the entrance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The childrens reading room organise some reading times. There is a schedule for the whole month. The 4-year-old like it very much. The exhibition was for free, though not much to see. Maybe the only drawback is that some part is not open or closed due to whatever reasons. Anyhow worth do spend the time especially with kids.

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