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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.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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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 via mobile

Can't believe this library is free to visit & a functioning library! The building is gorgeous both outside & in. Lovingly restored over 2 years the hard work shows. The gift shop is outstanding. And don't forget to visit the children's floor to see the...More

Thank YNWATravelBug
Reviewed yesterday

The New York Public Library is huge! Some many levels of books and the beatuiful design of the library is amazing. You can take great picture of the library from the front entrance whaich has two huge lion statue.

Thank 684keyshas
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped by the big library during a recent walk about in NYC. THE NY Public Library is a model for the best of what a public library should be. Take some time to walk through the public areas and look at some books. Well worth...More

Thank mjones1pa
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a beautiful building and the fact that it is an operating public library sometimes eluded me. The architecture is reminiscent of palaces and mansions and definitely from another time. I've walked by this building 100 times in my last 10 or so visits to...More

Thank daisypat1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Its a very nice museum, but didnt really meat what I was expecting from movies and other pictures...

Thank travelingn0rwegian
Reviewed 2 days ago

I liked the atmosphere, the paintings and the studying rooms . My granddaughter , who traveled with me, told me that she is sure she would like to be be in such a place to study better.

Thank Erika M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just amazing to see the scope and size of the NY Library. The store is a fun visit, but is a bit cramped with how busy it gets.

Thank levinjoel
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a lovely building with plenty of character. It has a lovely gift shop too. It is free entrance and well worth a look if passing

Thank MaryG47
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tourists who stop to take a photo of the iconic lions outside have the right idea, but I think everyone should take a moment to come inside, as well. The New York Public Library is fantastic--take time to wind your way up the staircases and...More

Thank MuseumStoreShopper
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the best free attractions in New York which is a monument to learning, has a magnificent Reading Room and a Map Room is the New York Public Library which is located at Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, next to the popular Bryant Park....More

Thank Gaetano A
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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9 August 2017|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was just there to visit the Rose Reading Room. There's certainly a lot of quiet spaces there. Perhaps you could email or call them.
10 April 2017|
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Response from Manchild1911 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately no it is not
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.