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New York Public Library

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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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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
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Reviewed yesterday

Everything in NY has a gift shop, this was not the exception (I found this weird actually). I wanted to see de Lenox Globe there, saddly, it was not available to the public :(

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ana clara p
Reviewed yesterday

it is a special library, not only about books but about the history spirit that you feel inside, and also consider sometime if you want to read books there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mina S
Reviewed yesterday

We stopped here during our trip on a rainy day. The library offers something for all; architecture, history, literature. My personal favorites were the book train, which brings books to a reading room from other places in the library, and the original Winnie the Pooh...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank skichick3
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have passed in front of the New York Public Library many times but never stopped. This time we decided to go in. We split, and I ended up with one of the kids in the Children's Center at 42nd Street. For my surprise, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mauricio S
Reviewed 2 days ago

I walked past the public library while trying to find my way to the Empire State Building. I wouldn't have even guessed that it's a library because the architecture reminded me of a museum like The Met, but I was wrong. The large PUBLIC LIBRARY...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This beautiful building deserves its twice-daily public tours given by library staff and volunteers. Highlights are the main entrance (the big iconic lions on Fifth Avenue), the Children's Corner, and the Second and Third Floors. Definitely a "wow!" when you look at the long tables,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take a step back in time with a visit to the various rooms at the New York Public Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. Two favorite areas of the library are the reference rooms and the old map room. TIP: Also check to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really, That place has million book to read. I would recommend this place to my family and friend to come to this place....

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TobbieUSA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just the building itself is impressive. So much history and it's been used in a few films. It's used as a library as well as a sight seeing place for tourists.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank marye368
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very few places are as magnificent as the Public Library. I have been visiting the old Library from 1970. It was an old, dusty, dark place to read, but you follow the ceremonial initiation, to be part of the Library as an old nationality, because...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 21, 2018|
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Response from jenkatja | Reviewed this property |
There is an entire room dedicated to children’s books, often with its own exhibits that are relate to to children- when I was there in October it was the original Winnie the Pooh. Many kids all over of many ages
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kara G | Reviewed this property |
They did discuss the Winnie the Pooh toys during the tour but there was no mention of them going on tour. I suppose anything is possible though. You can try sending them an email to ask about it on their website. It won’t... More
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