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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

This was my first time going inside the Library, having passed it many times on other trips. I did not realize just how beautiful this building is! The stunning architecture, ceilings and collection of paintings is just amazing.

Thank Kelly W
Reviewed yesterday

What a beautiful building! The architecture, the materials, the history of this building is just wonderful. Take your time and soak it up!

Thank smrtcar
Reviewed yesterday

New York Public Library is one of the biggest libraries in the area. It is quiet and peaceful, so you can read and relax.

Thank AntoNic7
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The rose reading room is nice, nice and quiet. A nice break from hectic NYC, especially if you can sit and relax your legs... and wonder what happened to libraries.... have they gone the same way as post cards, ie become extinct?

Thank frankolsendk
Reviewed yesterday

This library is beautiful. Like an art museum or cathedral, the art is all around you so take time to look around. The exhibits are well done (there was an Alexander Hamilton exhibit when we were there), and the gift shop is great especially if...More

Thank Becky P
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

Thank Mercedes V
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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
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
28 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.