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New York Public Library

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Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number: +1 212-930-0800
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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
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Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...

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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Architectural dream

It has been one of my dreams to visit this library & I was not let down! From the moment you walk up and into the library the architecture is awe inspiring. I cannot stress the... read more

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Grand Forks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It has been one of my dreams to visit this library & I was not let down! From the moment you walk up and into the library the architecture is awe inspiring. I cannot stress the beauty of this library enough. Definitely a must see when in NYC!! Plan on 2-3 hours and think twice before bringing small children as... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an impressive library to see, with huge ceilings and impressive architecture it's well worth stopping in. It's not really the best place in the world to read a book since much of the library is very open and caverness. There are however two things not to miss for the average tourist in New York. First of all the... More 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to see the recently reopened Rose Reading Room. Found so many other unexpected exhibits here, including original Dickens manuscripts. Beautiful, and FREE, which is a rarity in NYC.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cant believe this is a library. Its more like a gallery with wonderful carved architraves, lots of gold leaf, marble everywhere and magnificent ceilings.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, but visiting some older European libraries I am not able to give it five stars...

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Batavia, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Never seen a library like this. If you are a resident of NY (any place in NY) you can get a library card. Highly recommend if you like to read books on an e-reader of any sort.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

quite deceptive from the outside - a large nondescript building on the outside but inside a haven of tranquility with some stunning features in particular the reading rooms - don't forget to look up !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The reading room on the top floor was impressive. Liked the skyline views available from between the stacks.

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Wharton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a beautiful place. More like a museum than a library. Went in to see if I could get a Christmas ornament of Patience and Fortitude for a friend. Didn't get to look around as much as I would have liked to but what I did see was gorgeous. It was decorated for Christmas...just beautiful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful old building with the most amazing Christmas tree in the central lobby. The two young adults we went with are studying English literature at University so loved the experience. The gift shop was full of great literary gifts.

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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