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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 #17 of 829 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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Atlanta, GA, USA
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213 reviews 213 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The nation's second largest library after the Library of Congress, this classic building is worth at least a brief stop on a NYC visit. Make the famous Rose Main Reading Room part of your tour.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Did'nt spend that much time in there, but what i saw was good! After watching the movies i felt I knew the place anyway :) Would recommend a longer look around!!

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London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Wonderful architecture, atmospheric and a real working building you can go in to and enjoy. There's plenty there and no limitation on swinging your camera.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous building and a free attraction. The stone lions out front are sort of famous on their own. Overall very impressed with the library. Just keep quiet for those that are actually studying and reading!

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Worth popping in for 10 minutes or so to admire the building and its reading rooms on the top floor.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

As you conquer the urban jungle of NYC it is always nice to find some green space; taking a visit to the NYC Central Library with its iconic lion statues and Bryant Park on the far side, you get a nice little taste of history (and some great rotating exhibits) along with that green space. We stopped in while the... More

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St-Bruno
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Was walking on steet and decided to enter for curiosity. Wow. No admission fee. The building and all is gorgious

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. Must visit the childrens exhibit and the large study halls and the steps from Sex and the City film!

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Winnipeg
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The NYC Library is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Marble and limestone, soaring rotundas, stunning frescos and lots of wood in the book rooms. It's like stepping back in time. There was a great choir performing in the foyer the day we visited, which was wonderful, given the acoustics. The gift store is also a must.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Located just by Bryant Park, this is a great place to rest if you are tired of the city noise. Grab a book, sit down and relax.

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