New York Public Library

New York Public Library, New York City: Hours, Address, New York Public Library Reviews: 4.5/5

New York Public Library
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: Midtown
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.
How to get there
  • 5th Ave • 2 min walk
  • 42nd St – Bryant Park • 4 min walk
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Terence, UK
Liverpool, UK108 contributions
Jan 2022
Yer..unfortunately on our visit the building was partly closed and we didn't get to see the whole library's best bits...what we did see was very impressive
Written January 11, 2022
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9000Gent
Ghent, Belgium266 contributions
Nov 2021
When you pass by, do enter the building. It is a nice building but the reading hall is only for library members (which is normal)
Written January 7, 2022
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wherehaveinotbeenyet
Manchester, UK412 contributions
Nov 2021
Although the library is very impressive both from the outside and inside, as I had never visited it before, I felt very lost once inside and didn't know which areas were open to tourists and which could only be visited by those using the library. I was also disappointed by the Treasures exhibition, as I was persuaded to join a guided tour, which meant I didn't have the choice which exhibits to look at, and as my time was short, I then ended up having to leave the exhibition without seeing what I wanted to see. I feel a visit to the library could be improved by offering every visitor a map of the building, with those areas open to tourists clearly marked.
Written December 26, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,638 contributions
Dec 2021
I visited the New York Public Library twice in December 2021. The two lion sculptures were each decked out with a Christmas wreath. I walked up the steps and had my bag checked by security. The New York Public Library has a great gift and book shop. I then used the kiosk to buy a free ticket to the Treasures Exhibit. What a fantastic exhibit. There was an original copy of the Declaration of Independence handwritten by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington's farewell letter. The Bill of Rights. A painting of Benjamin Franklin. The Gutenberg Bible. Original sheet music from Mozart and Beethoven. Many original works of literature. It was so interesting that I went back a second time the next day. I then climbed two flights of steps to the 3rd floor. I viewed the McGraw Rotunda with a fantastic ceiling. I visited the Edna Barnes Salomon Reading Room which had many paintings. The security guards would not let me enter the Rose Main Reading Room unless I was going to read and study. They did let me take a photo from the entrance behind a rope. I noticed that you can take a guided tour at 1:30 pm (I am not sure about the details and whether or not it is free or a paid tour). I had a fantastic visit to the New York Public Library and it was definitely worth going back for a second visit the next day.
Written December 21, 2021
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Debra L
3 contributions
Nov 2021
Was only in NY for one full day, happened to catch a free exhibit of the NYPL Hidden Treasures that included the desk where Charles Dickens wrote his masterpieces and the umbrella that inspired Mary Poppins. Recommend highly!
Written December 17, 2021
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Kim D.
2 contributions
Dec 2021
A nice respite from the crowds at Bryant Park and in the NYPL bookstore. The beautiful addition on the northwest corner is a gorgeous building. Get lost on the 4th (7th?) floor -- grab a foreign language book and find a seat near a window.
Written December 6, 2021
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TraceyRVA
Richmond, VA15 contributions
Nov 2021
I have walked past the iconic New York Public Library countless times but had never been inside until recently. I was in NYC for one night after a 2-Show Sunday and had enough time for one activity between breakfast and boarding my train to go home. Because I am a high school librarian, and was staying nearby, I elected to visit the library. I arrived early to register for the free 1-hour tour and to spend some time in the gift shop which offered a variety of NY souvenirs a bit nicer than those found at shops catering to tourists. It also has wonderful items for those who love book and reading. Before the tour, I also registered for a time to enter the Treasures exhibit.

The tour was led by a very informed guide that showed our group of 10 a variety of different spaces in the beautiful building. It was particularly interesting to see the little "train carts" that carry materials to and from underground storage. The Treasures exhibit did not disappoint! As a lover of children's literature, out of all of the impressive items, my favorite was the collection of original Winnie the Pooh and friends stuffed animals.

I doubt this will not be my last visit as I have a little wish list of items I want to purchase at the Library's gift shop on my next visit to NYC.
Written December 2, 2021
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Denni B
14 contributions
Nov 2021
The building is beautiful - lots of marble. But was disappointed that there were no books. The one room where the reference books were was not open to the general public.
Written November 29, 2021
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The Mills Twins
Wrexham, UK419 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
This is a beautiful building, but it is just a library. There is a very nice gift shop. Free entry but remember that people do come here to study and read in peace.
Written November 24, 2021
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adventix
Boston, MA1,260 contributions
Nov 2021
A beautiful building that is a marvel of architecture and history. Plan to spend here at least an hour or two. You can walk on your own between the different floors and rooms, or take one of the free tours. The gift shop is pleasure to visit.
Written November 20, 2021
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New York Public Library is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tue - Wed 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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