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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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Reviewed yesterday

Big, Extravagant, and beautifully stunning! A must see! Now as a Library not so great. To actually read a book, You have to research a book on a computer then write down the ID hand it in and wait 45 minutes for the book to...More

Thank Beth R
Reviewed yesterday

A must see & right next to Bryant Park makes it super convenient.Beautiful architecture, history and smell of books.

Thank Mercedes V
Reviewed yesterday

If you have any interest in libraries and you visit NYC you need to visit this landmark. It is a fantastic institution and interesting building. Currently (July 2017) a small but well done Venice exhibit with free admission.

Thank Aquila13
Reviewed yesterday

If you love books this library is a must see. It's gorgeous inside and out! We spent some time in the Children's Section and that was a highlight for the kids!! Adorable artwork, tons of books and places to read...what more can you ask for?

Thank LaShelleCargil
Reviewed yesterday

This library is a must see. The murals, and marble work throughout are mesmerizing. The reading and research areas are quiet and provide a great space to relax.

Thank cdr812017
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the library on the morning of July 5th. It is a spectacular example of architecture, especially the reading room. Be sure to visit the Children's Center on the ground floor to see the stuffed animals that were the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh...More

Thank Dana P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The New York Public Library is such a beautiful, tranquil place. It is so peaceful and quite. It definitely worth the visit.

Thank AHSH23
Reviewed 2 days ago

Discovered this by chance, as my niece and I were walking along the street, although I had heard of it, I was just unsure where it actually was. Magnificent building inside and out. Marble walls, stairs and seating areas. The main Rose reading room is...More

Thank Saltwatergypsy1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love stopping at the library. The architecture and grandeur is beautiful. They have small exhibits sometimes. I love the ancestry and maps rooms.

Thank Ali L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wasn't planning on checking this place out during our visit but found ourselves intrigued after walking by and popped in. We ended up spending a good amount of time there. The architecture and design of the building is incredible and it is so grand. Every...More

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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
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10 April 2017|
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Response from Linda R | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but we didn't see a bear exhibit on our tour.
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.
17 May 2016|
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Response from MrSaturn64 | Reviewed this property |
It's 17 New York blocks, which are smaller than those you'd find in other cities. It's easily walkable, depending on where in Central Park you're coming from.