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Jefferson Market Library

West Village
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Address: 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10011-8427
Phone Number:
+1 212-243-4334
11:00 - 18:00
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Mon 10:00 - 20:00
Tue 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu 11:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Once a year, the steep winding staircase leading to the top of the Jefferson Market Library's Gothic clock tower opens to the public. Check with the librarian for the date -- the... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Once a year, the steep winding staircase leading to the top of the Jefferson Market Library's Gothic clock tower opens to the public. Check with the librarian for the date -- the lines are long but worth it. We enjoyed the climb, the views and most of all chatting with folks while we waited.

Thank robcurtross
Los Altos, California
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

I had a few hours to kill between meetings while I was in NY and took advantage of the Jefferson Market Library. It's got a great room downstairs with a lot of very large tables that have power available in them, along with some comfortable chairs along the side walls to sit in (the one I was in did not... More 

Thank Paul M
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the tower which opens only once a year. Great 360 degrees view. Once inside you need to walk up the stairs but the views are nice.

Thank Nadia L
new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City. It's a must stop for any architecture and history buff. The inside is interesting as well. There is a lovely garden in the back.

2 Thank schmutaki
Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We were staying at the Washington Square Hotel and I needed to print something out quick so what better place than the library! The architecture of this building is awesome! I loved it. They had a spiral staircase going down to the basement level and upper level. As far as the computers go, it was a bit confusing at first.... More 

1 Thank Mariel D
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

Ever wondered what's the odd but interesting red-brick building on the West side of Sixth Ave between 9th & 10th? Well, it's currently a NYC public library. But it goes way back to 1833 when it was the location of a country market. The market had a wooden fire watch tower with a bell weighting 9,000 pounds. Fishermen, hucksters and... More 

Thank Oliver S
Arcata, California
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

This library makes one proud to be associated with books! You could hide out here all day (and into the night if they would let you.) The building was built as a courthouse in 1875. And what library is complete without a tower which is over 100 feet high?! I lived in NYC when the Women's House of Detention was... More 

1 Thank Pamwiltravel
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 November 2015

I love this library! I admit I am biased as this is my local library and I enjoy going there to work in peace and quiet in rather spectacular surroundings. The library is housed in a grand building but eschews the severe atmosphere so often associated with library when they are housed in old buildings. This library manages to be... More 

Thank M B
New York, NY
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

Even if you don't have a New York Public Library card, this historic former courthouse is well worth visiting. At one time it was a "police court," one of the numerous courthouses throughout the city that adjudicated minor offenses. It fell on hard times but in the 1960s was repurposed as a public library. I'm not sure what rooms used... More 

1 Thank Dantonovitch
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 18 June 2015

We stopped by the library last week as it stood tall and majestic in the middle of the avenue! The architecture on the library is as unique as it gets when it comes down to buildings in New York City. The red color and that magnificent tower give it al its charm.

2 Thank Steve R

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