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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 #24 of 856 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

What would those who established this facility so many years ago think now if they came to visit? It's a great building, but the Rose reading room was closed. It has great architecture, but no books It's been in many films but does not offer an educational experience to visitors It does have a good gift shop, so my wife... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Took the hour long free tour. Well worth it. Learnt a little of the history of the Library. Visited several rooms which were all occupied by people studying as this is a reference library. Which you can read until your hearts content. But the books stay inside the library. Tours are at 11am and 2pm. Enjoyed the visit.

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Annandale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Even if you don't want to check out the books be sure to come inside to see the stunning architecture! Look from the first balcony through the entry window for a stunning view. This is also a place that has free, clean restrooms, a hard to find thing in NYC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great-library-worthwhile-to-go-inside-and-have-a-walk-through!An-incredible-building,a-scene-of-sex-in-the-city-was-filmed-here

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Marion, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was not prepared for what I saw when I stepped through the doors. From the outside it is impressive but when you go in, it will take your breath away. Everyone should visit the Library when in New York.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Having worked in Libraries most of my working life, I really loved this building and its interior. The reading room was modern with computers everywhere

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited to see the 'Why Children's Books Matter' exhibition. Great free display, some interesting exhibits, even had the original Winnie the Pooh characters. A superb building, great entrance hall and a shop.

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Stockton-on-Tees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We arrived to find that a free tour was about to take place and, despite our seventeen year old rolling her eyes, decided to tag along! Even she had to admit it was interesting and if she really had to do this kind of thing it was one of the better cultural events we've dragged her to! The guide was... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have seen this building in so many films and programmes, it's even more spectacular in real life. Even better, it's free.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The building is so beautiful! I wish I could read there everyday. Next time I visit New York again I'm going to take more time to explore this beautiful library. It's a must see if your a book lover!

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