New York Public Library

New York Public Library

476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 

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Mon, Thu-Sat 10 am–6 pm
Tue-Wed 10 am–8 pm
Sun 1 pm–5 pm


The city’s oldest library is grand, gorgeous and welcoming to all ages with engaging rotating exhibits. Say hello to the marble lions Patience and Fortitude by the famous Fifth Avenue stairs and check out the famous billowing cloud ceiling mural on the Rose Main Reading Room.

In free exhibit The New York Public Library Treasures, see some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images and recordings including the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh, Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, and fabulous costumes on display and in videos.

To read and check out children’s books, visit the magnificent new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library across the street at 40th Street & Fifth with a spacious children’s room and rooftop reading terrace with gorgeous views over Manhattan

Free coat and bag check available if you need to lighten your load (no luggage allowed).

👶 Stroller entrances on 40th & 42nd Street towards Sixth Avenue and lots of clean bathrooms.

🎧 Take a self-guided tour on your mobile device to explore the history, architecture, and services offered at the Fifth Avenue locations

🛍 An awesome selection of library/NYC themed books, toys, reading accessories and more for all ages available at the well-curated gift shop.

🌳 🍽 Find food and fun at adjacent Bryant Park.