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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 #18 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Ashland, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

The NY Public Library's current exhibition on the Beatles' visit to the US is a trip down memory lane that is both educational and FUN. Don't miss it!

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Visited Library on our last day in New York as a break from shopping on 5th Avenue, and so glad we took the time out to do so. Amazing building and well worth a visit. Shame that most of the people using the library were using computers and not actually reading books.

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Valenca, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

You just have to grab time to have a look at the HALL. It's great!! My visit was only 5 minutes but well worth it.

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Paris, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

You can tell by the sheer enormity of this building, that books used to mean something! Just beautiful and historic.

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful building, when we visited there was a children's exhibition of various works, such as original manuscript of The Secret Garden, Mary Poppins umbrella, and lots more. The guide made it very interesting. The library is a research centre where people study and research, there are massive rooms with reference works etc and plenty of computers. Worth... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in either specatular architecture or books, this is a can't miss spot in Manhattan and the price is right--free! Don't expect tourist trappings, this is a working library, but the panels describing the history and workings of the library, which take about a half an hour to read are well done and very informative. The library... More

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building inside and out. The public reading room is stunning. A beautiful gem amid the skyscrapers. Fond memories of Ghostbusters when we visited too!

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

...then you have to go around and check out the various libraries. Great architecture, inside and out.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Fromt he small tables outside to the stunning indoor views, I love our library. The gift shop is wonderful. The atmosphere timeless.

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Artarmon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Regardless of whether you like to read or like libraries this place is a must see ... I love both but also love to shop and the store at this library is beyond wonderful.

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