Libraries in New York City

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Libraries in New York City

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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,563 contributions
    The library and the study are the main stopping points of the Morgan. For those interest in the history of the book, the museum is a must. We were more interested in the art and the small selection her is exceptional: Fra Angelico, Bosch, Memling and special exhibitions. Don't miss the Sol LeWitt!
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,694 contributions
    I had a couple of reasons to visit the New York Public Library and I was grateful I did.

    I tried to access the library from Bryant Park but this was not possible as they were getting things ready for the Christmas markets and there were pop up bars in the way so I went round the side.

    The day I visited was wet and so I was glad to get out of the rain however loads of tourists had the same idea as me and they were dithering about and the staff were getting a bit frustrated as the tourists were not following simple instructions.

    I wanted to go to one of the Reading Rooms to do some writing and was surprised at the large number of tourists that were wandering about but then I discovered the amazing architecture of the building and I could see why.

    I spent a bit of time in one of the smaller reading rooms and the staff were happy to allow me to do this even though I was not a library card holder of a New York resident. Other people in the room had drinks out on the tables next to them and they were asked by staff to put them away.

    I went into one of the other reading rooms and was blown away by the grandeur of these beautiful rooms, lined with books and study areas. There is also wifi available throughout the building.

    If you do want somewhere quiet to do some studying then these are the perfect places to visit rather than the bustling corridors.
    Written November 1, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,264 contributions
    We visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts but on the day it was unfortunately not accessible. However it is worth a visit, even to walk around and just a have a look.
    Written October 4, 2023
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  • Agua To Face It
    Sacramento, CA3 contributions
    THE WEB CUT OFF MY CHOICE TO SAY MORE...so adding on top of review.
    SIs Bro Gender sibling of non conformity!
    HERE IS WHERE WE GO. !!!!! Why? Because my/our human people we will feel the under the exhibitions FANTASTIC RESOURCES of Arturo. WHO WAS Arturo? A Puerto Rican Black man! He resolved to get this history so we can unite. Stop fighting between the oppressed. LEARN more. RESEARCH beneath the exhibits. Make appointments. Delight in the microfiche and all the possibilities to follow YOUR choices about Black s . I DID and feel Paul Robeson, he and other communists of color : Claudia Jones..from Trinidad that the usa exploited and Banned. WE CAN BE INSPIRED!

    For my LIttle 10 year old cousin. He delights in going to the "SHOP". TOYS in blackness. Books for babies. Oh Titi look here he said we can play this.
    Written April 29, 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,464 contributions
    The Jefferson Market library is an excellent building from the outside but very run down inside. The gardens beside it are nice. Worth a photo of the facade.
    Written January 26, 2023
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  • Hilary C
    Ann Arbor, Michigan8 contributions
    Be sure to visit one of the world's great libraries, The New York Public Library with its iconic lions, Patience and Fortitude,keeping watchful guard in front.
    Written January 2, 2023
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  • monsieur hibou
    Paris, France75 contributions
    A great pit-stop for whatever weather. Airy, beautiful views in the library where you can drink and eat within reason (no loud crunching but plenty of coffee sipping and sandwich munching). Pull any volume of poetry published in the past 50 years in the US off the shelves, plus plenty of foreign translated into english poetry.
    Written November 11, 2017
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  • Bi-coaster
    Bradenton, FL1,294 contributions
    Although you must be a member of this library to check out books, they do host lectures and other events open to the public. It's a lovely grand building and the children's rooms are most welcoming and attractive. If I lived in New York, I'd definitely join!
    Written May 3, 2018
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  • travelingal60
    New York City, NY72 contributions
    I love visiting the Grolier Club and always find their exhibits of interest. Their ground floor gallery is gorgeous following its renovation and the exhibits held there are always interesting, well put together and offer a wealth of information. Their second floor gallery is smaller but likewise offers a wide array of exhibits on varied topics related to books, publishing, printed matter. The Grolier Club is also always free of charge to the public.
    Written January 4, 2021
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,464 contributions
    The national archives of New York sit in an amazing building at the bottom of Manhattan. It’s an architectural gem and well worth viewing.
    Written February 5, 2022
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    I stopped by the Webster Branch Library today to deliver a dozen books -- not to the library proper but to the book store in the basement. It is maintained solely by volunteers, and it raised almost a million dollars last year for the library system.

    It is a joy to donate books and music and other media, and there is always something good to purchase at the same time.

    One of the great joys of the Upper East Side.
    Written May 18, 2017
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    The good news for book lovers is that small book stores like this one continue to be in existence and it appears that book lovers really want them to continue.

    Whenever I am in the neighborhood, I stop by and always find something interesting to enrich my life and to help ensure the store remains in business.

    The clerk told me they have a group of customers that do the same thing.

    One new discovery: there is a charming garden in the back, who ch is very comfortable when the weather is good.

    Good stock of religious and New York City books but with a very wide range.
    Written November 19, 2016
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    I've been learning about NYC in hopes of becoming a Big Apple Greeter, and have used this library a number of times. My trip late last month was typical.

    It has a collection of unique reports, books, periodicals and document about the history of New York City.

    They have six public computers with free WIFI access so I didn't have to carry my portable computer. The staff if very helpful, and they very nicely refreshed my memory of how to use microfilm readers.

    If you have a special interest in NYC, this is a great place to visit.
    Written May 20, 2017
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