New York Public Library in Brief:
Getting to the New York Public Library:
- New York Public Library Address: 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
- New York Public Library Cross Streets: 40th and 42nd Streets
- New York Public Library Subways:Take the 7, B/D/F/V to 42nd Street/Bryant Park
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New York Public Library Hours:
- Monday & Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. (closed Sundays in the summer)
- The library is also closed for certain holidays
New York Public Library Tours:
- Building Tours: Free one hour walking tours Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Sunday (library is closed on Sundays in the summer) highlighting the history and architecture of the New York Public Library. These tours are a great way to get an overview of the beauty and expanse of the Library's collections.
- Exhibition Tours: Free tours of the Library's Current Exhibitions at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays
New York Public Library Highlights:
- Astor Hall
- Gutenberg Bible
- Rose Reading Room
- McGraw Rotunda
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About the New York Public Library:
The New York Public Library was created in 1895 by combining the collections of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, that were experiencing financial difficulties, with the $2.4 million trust from Samuel J. Tilden given to "establish and maintain a free library and reading room in the city of New York."
Built on the site of the Croton Reservoir, this Beaux-Arts landmark was the largest marble building built in the United States when it first opened. It was designed by Carrère and Hastings.
Sixteen years later, on May 23, 1911 President William Howard Taft, Governor John Alden Dix and Mayor William J. Gaynor dedicated the Library and it opened to the public the next day.
Visitors today can conduct research at the Library, take a tour of the Library, attend numerous events, and even wander through the Library to view its many treasures and artworks including the Gutenberg Bible, murals and paintings, and the Library's beautiful architecture.