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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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Great Lakes
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was so surprised by the beautiful architecture of this building. It is absolutely amazing. It was built in 1911 and has over 53 million items. It is the 2nd largest library in the US and 3 in the world. It is a great place to go and look around for free. I was really disappointed that the reading room... More

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New Jersey
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254 reviews 254 reviews
60 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you've ever seen the movie Ghostbusters where books fly off shelves, this is the scene filmed at the NY Public Library. Not just famous for a movie like this, but also an NYC gem, worth a visit. The library is huge, with different tunnels are areas of interest. Located centrally near Penn Station NY, not just a great respite... More

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Mississauga, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I would have loved to spend more time here but unfortunately was on a bit of a time constraint. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves books or architecture. This is not the type of library I am used to seeing and it would be a beautiful place to go to learn, very inspiring. I will try to... More

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Decatur, Illinois
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149 reviews 149 reviews
73 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The NYC library is huge and beautiful. I highly recommend taking the tour. You will get to see and learn more if you take the tour. The architecture is gorgeous!! Note: the famous reading room is closed for repairs. We got to see a special exhibition on children's books which was quite wonderful. It only takes a few house to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you want to spend a quiet and relaxing afternoon reading or just surf on the Internet, go to the NY Public Library. You will find all the books you can think of. The building itself is beautiful (don't forget to take pictures of it).

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Kamloops, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The staff are friendly and helpful.. I was hoping to do some research on my family history and was able to find a few things that I got help printing out. The library itself is a site to see.. so beautiful. Well worth visiting.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

this is a beautiful building, funded to the gills by some of the city's richest and most established families. Unfortunately no one had mentioned the main gorgeous room there was closed and due to damage, and was still due to be closed for months.... bugger

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

One of the best and under-rated public institutions in the city of New York, I popped in mainly for a glimpse of the Gutenburg Bible. One of less than 50 versions left from an original printing of 180 copies, the library's version is printed on paper, as opposed to rarer versions printed on vellum. Also managed to see the Rose... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I wanted to see the building from Ghostbusters. It was under repair in June 2014, so not much to see. Near Bryant Park with is a nice break and looks great at night with the lights. Get a picture of the lions out front!

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Surprise, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The library is a gorgeous, mammoth building with huge columns or marble. It's a breath-taking place. The entrance hall is awe inspiring, hinting at what is cradled within it's belly. The collection of materials contained within bleed history. Absolutely gorgeous. The loss of one star only comes from the fact that it's easy to get lost in the halls that... More

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