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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Midtown
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"beautiful building"
in 695 reviews
"reading room"
in 368 reviews
"bryant park"
in 566 reviews
"winnie the pooh"
in 200 reviews
"map room"
in 89 reviews
"gutenberg bible"
in 86 reviews
"children's books"
in 82 reviews
"children's section"
in 80 reviews
"book lovers"
in 67 reviews
"free tour"
in 159 reviews
"new york"
in 542 reviews
"stuffed animals"
in 68 reviews
"gift shop"
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"amazing architecture"
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"worth a visit"
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"on display"
in 131 reviews
"fifth avenue"
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Reviewed today

This is a beautiful building with gorgeous Beax-Arts architecture. Easy to spend an hour or two here while you escape the summer heat and humidity of NYC.The main reading room is well worth seeing, and the library's collection features many rare artefacts that will appeal...More

Thank darrynnoble
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are inclined to sit quietly and read or write a journal then please visit the Rose main reading room (Room 315). This is an amazingly elegant space with the ambiance of the classic large library. It provided as with an hour's much needed...More

Thank Eagertogo
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a short visit for a break from shopping on 5th Avenue! The building is fantastic and the reading rooms are worth a visit, but as a massive Winnie-the-Pooh fan from England the real highlight was seeing the real Pooh bear and friends in...More

Thank absc
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Reviewed yesterday

I went for a look see as I'm a librarian in a small town, and to see this incredible building and space turned out to be less about library and more about New York. I recommend for anyone into architecture, history, or New York. Ps....More

Thank frangii
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We wanted to go and see the library to look mainly at the architecture so we popped in yesterday. It is a really interesting building and definitely worth a look but it does get really busy and I felt at times as though we were...More

Thank suzannebrady
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So much history and beauty in this amazing building! The audio tour is free and easy to use. Cool paintings, film locations, the real Winnie the Pooh!! Plus after the tour you get 10% off for the bookshop.

Thank Swingamuse
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Reviewed 2 days ago

like european ceilings - beautiful library. Not necessary for anyone who has been to europe, seen intricate/ painted ceilings or short on time.

Thank Gunjan N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an iconic structure, for the history, the architecture, it is just breath taking, Benjamin Franklin would be proud of the evolution of libraries that created this,

Thank John D
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The New York Public Library is one thing you just must visit if you are in New York. A really beautiful entrance but the inside was not the same.

Thank Thomas W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A large exhibit of items from 1968 was really good. It highlighted the musicians, events, rebellions, writers and activists that defined the Hip generation. The library itself if worth a visit too.

Thank Kciff
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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
...More
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Jan A
June 30, 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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Corinne S
May 30, 2018|
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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
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Mihalis R
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Response from Rocio B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have checked and yes there is free wifi in all areas, during opening hours!
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