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Jefferson Market Library

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Jefferson Market Library

28 Reviews
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Maggi713 wrote a review Feb 2020
Baltimore, Maryland10,228 contributions1,002 helpful votes
This was a very disappointing stop during our New York City trip from Maryland. In the pouring rain, we made our way to see this library, only to find out that the 2nd and 3rd floors were closed for renovations. It would have been nice if they had put that information on their website. So, the only rooms we could see were the children’s room on the main level and the lower level that had books for adults.
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Date of experience: February 2020
BHUANG69 wrote a review Feb 2019
New Providence, New Jersey1,040 contributions310 helpful votes
People working here are nice. The place is quite and warm in winter. We came here in a sunny yet cold winter morning and the stained glasses caught the sun light and we were in awe. I do wish this place has a bathroom for patrons to use. It's not convenient to have to go to the coffee shops to use the rest room every hour.
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Date of experience: February 2019
Lavarcham wrote a review Jan 2019
London, United Kingdom3,480 contributions658 helpful votes
Wonderful that this splendid landmark with its Venetian Gothic style spires and turrets was saved from destruction by dedicated local campaigners. In the past, the tower had a bell to warn of fire. It was a court house for a period but now has been converted into a library. We sat for a while in the charming reading room on the top floor to contemplate and plan for the rest of the day. It was pretty full and the atmosphere was a blend of quiet relaxation and industrious effort. Good to see it is so popular and well used.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Cassysj wrote a review Jul 2017
Brooklyn, New York271 contributions42 helpful votes
The only reason I'm not giving terrible is because of the unique building and Sunday hours I have been in dozens of libraries in Manhattan and several in Brooklyn and Queens and have never come across one that had a children's bathroom but no adult bathroom. It is a PUBLIC library and I find that outrageous. I'm all for libraries that have the space to have a separate children's one to do so for safety but if you only have one library for the public then it should be for everyone.
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Date of experience: July 2017
Anthony P wrote a review Jun 2017
Charleston, South Carolina2,123 contributions458 helpful votes
We came here on a geocaching mission and were again happily surprised to find some amazing local culture. This library was a 19th Century Courthouse, used as such until the 1940s. Like the main courtroom is now an adult reading room. The woodwork and stonework are amazing. The stained glass is stunning and the stairwells and basement definitely give one the feel of a courthouse, not a library. Mae West was prosecuted here for indecency, and was sentenced to time out on Roosevelt Island! The women's prison was actually located next door where the beautiful garden is now located. Anyway, the architecture on this place is stunning and a reminder of why New York is a top destination! Definitely recommend a visit!
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Date of experience: June 2017