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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“bryant park” (500 reviews)
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Midtown
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+1 212-930-0800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just amazing to see the scope and size of the NY Library. The store is a fun visit, but is a bit cramped with how busy it gets.

Thank levinjoel
Reviewed yesterday

It is a lovely building with plenty of character. It has a lovely gift shop too. It is free entrance and well worth a look if passing

Thank MaryG47
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tourists who stop to take a photo of the iconic lions outside have the right idea, but I think everyone should take a moment to come inside, as well. The New York Public Library is fantastic--take time to wind your way up the staircases and...More

Thank MuseumStoreShopper
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the best free attractions in New York which is a monument to learning, has a magnificent Reading Room and a Map Room is the New York Public Library which is located at Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, next to the popular Bryant Park....More

Thank Gaetano A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went there with my sister just to check it out and I was amazed with the rooms and frescos. Just be careful with the noise as there are people studying and reading.

Thank Adriana S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The New York City Public Library is a striking piece of architecture both inside and out. Located in the heart of midtown on 5th avenue and 42nd it rest on the west side of Bryant Park. There are plenty of organized gatherings at the library...More

Thank BFLOMAN
Reviewed 3 days ago

The library is stunning in appearance. You can opt for a guided tour or meander around on your own. The staff are very helpful especially those in the geneology area. The library also has clean restrooms and a lovely giftshop.

Thank wynn74
Reviewed 3 days ago

Outstanding architecture. Old world beauty. The lions are a must to see in New York and decorated during the holidays.

Thank Julio G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

definitely worth to visit. Just make sure you got time enought.. place is huge. great architecture, information, studying room, free entrance.

Thank joke8814
Reviewed 4 days ago

An iconic building guarded by two lion statues named Patience and Fortitude. The space is vast and it is worth visiting each floor to see such famous rooms as the Main Reading room and the Periodicals room - just stunning. And do look up to...More

Thank lgmsomerset
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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 heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
...More
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10 August 2017|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was just there to visit the Rose Reading Room. There's certainly a lot of quiet spaces there. Perhaps you could email or call them.
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helenmacleod
10 April 2017|
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Response from Manchild1911 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately no it is not
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Jessica K
29 November 2016|
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Response from ruuree | Reviewed this property |
Yes but be respectful of people's privacy. It is a library after all. There are areas on the second floor computer area or reading room where you might be cautioned by staff to put your camera away.
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