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New York Public Library

Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212 930 0800
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Ranked #14 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Wonderful architecture and decorated nicely for Christmas. They had a neat WWI propaganda exhibit and several other walk-through things to see. A great stop.

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Assumption,Illinios
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

what a magnificent building. Its worth your time to stop in and check out this huge library and take a look around.

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Thimphu, Bhutan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Spent 2 hours here and enjoyed myself immensely. I definitely recommend getting an audio tour. It's free and you learn a lot about the library and its history. The store is great with a good selection of souvenirs, books and knick knacks.

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

An architectural wonder of marble. The historic nature of this library, the works stored here and art exhibited makes this location a great free site to explore.

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Galloway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the library on a Saturday afternoon. We picked up a pamphlet with a map of the building and some "must see" rooms. It was a definite hit. Gorgeous rooms. The main reading room was closed for work, but the others were wonderful.

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

My favourite building in New York, bar none. It is a beautiful piece of classically inspired architecture and an amazing and functional library as well. A world treasure.

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Redding, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

packed away in this area and beautiful architecture is alot of knowledge and books! This was literally a bookworms heaven and the atmosphere is excellent far as quiet and a good read. despite being on vacation i came here more than once to get away and relax. loved it

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Ashland City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

It's a great building to explore, from a historic perspective, but we could not find the stacks ... I did see an interesting display on the period leading up to World War I ...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The architecture throughout the building is beautiful. Free exhibitions are held for visitors and you can wander around the majority of the building and explore. Free tours are available with informative guides who are happy to answer any question. There is a great little gift shop inside where you can buy little mementos. Home to some rare manuscripts and books... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The library is a beautiful building inside and out, a book lovers must. I didnt have time for a tour, but walking around myself was just as amazing.

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