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New York Public Library

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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.
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
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Reviewed today

The toilets are free here, and it's a good stop to have a quick look around and have a toilet break.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RLT1992
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The NYPL is a true delight both inside and out. On the 3 indoor floors you will find very interesting artwork and history exhibits housed in architecturally magnificent reading rooms! In addition there are special treats such as the Map Room and the Children’s Reading...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ida D
Reviewed yesterday

There is something about going into the library-the smell reminds me of my younger days and college. I enjoy the special exhibits they offer here. This trip we visited the Winnie the Pooh Collection in the children's area.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bobbi P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited for an hour or so on a Monday. Beautiful building with a lot of stunning original features. Well worth the visit, especially for the main reading room upstairs and seeing the original toys which inspired A A Milne to write ‘Winnie the Pooh’. Great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Romaine901
Reviewed yesterday

This library is open late in the evening and is worth a walk through to admire the beautiful building. See if you can spot the route of the automated book retrieval system.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lyndaphillips
Reviewed 2 days ago

The architecture in this building is breathtaking! I wish I had more time to look around! The main floor is decorated with a Christmas Tree and it is beautiful! I'd love to spend hours here!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tracees2018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Free entry for all, has several levels to it where you can learn about the building and its history. It is a working library and you can visit the main parts but you must be quiet due to people working.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andrewlV6453UQ
Reviewed 2 days ago

In all my visits to New York I have never been inside the library. We went because my stepson loves Ghostbusters. It's not really a place for young children but we enjoyed taking a quick look around. It was very beautiful but busy.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nowadays, we no longer build magnificent buildings with such classic elegance. Anyone can go inside and appreciate the beautiful architecture and history. Back in my college years, I would come here to find research materials for school projects. There is also a public library at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Milky Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This library is so very interesting, I will come back again and spend the whole day here. Full of amazing books and facts and paintings. Loved it here, everyone should visit this library.

Date of experience: December 2018
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August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kara G | Reviewed this property |
They did discuss the Winnie the Pooh toys during the tour but there was no mention of them going on tour. I suppose anything is possible though. You can try sending them an email to ask about it on their website. It won’t... More
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Response from BradJill | Reviewed this property |
Probably best to contact the library directly and ask. If you go to the New York City Public Library website. Thee is a 'Locations' tab at the top of the homepage, click there. You can then select which library you are... More