We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

New York Public Library

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number: +1 212-930-0800
Website
Today
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Description:

Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...

Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$100.00*
and up
Manhattan Architecture Photography Tour
More Info
US$85.00*
and up
Small Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture
More Info
US$69.00*
and up
Half-Day NYC Small-Group Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 9,095 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3078
    Excellent
  • 1313
    Very good
  • 270
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Tour

We took a guided tour of the New York Public Library. The library was decorated for Christmas. The tree and decorations were beautiful. We took the 2pm tour which was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
lollygal
,
New York City, New York
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

9,095 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 4,703: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
818 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We took a guided tour of the New York Public Library. The library was decorated for Christmas. The tree and decorations were beautiful. We took the 2pm tour which was very informative. We learned the history of the building, the architecture and what is archived here. There were some exhibits we were able to do self guided. We saw the... More 

Helpful?
Thank lollygal
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is a must visit and entry is free. The Rose Reading room has been renovated and is simply spectacular. One of the highlights for a lover of all this beautiful and historical. There are no queues to enter..some of your finest NY pics will be taken here both in and out.

Helpful?
Thank Spitzm
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a must see, especially the reading room. the whole building is an architectural jewel and dates back to a time when builders and architects still cared about what they were building

Helpful?
Thank George E
Grand Forks
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It has been one of my dreams to visit this library & I was not let down! From the moment you walk up and into the library the architecture is awe inspiring. I cannot stress the beauty of this library enough. Definitely a must see when in NYC!! Plan on 2-3 hours and think twice before bringing small children as... More 

Helpful?
Thank timpJ6250AK
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an impressive library to see, with huge ceilings and impressive architecture it's well worth stopping in. It's not really the best place in the world to read a book since much of the library is very open and caverness. There are however two things not to miss for the average tourist in New York. First of all the... More 

Helpful?
Thank CandyCritic
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the recently reopened Rose Reading Room. Found so many other unexpected exhibits here, including original Dickens manuscripts. Beautiful, and FREE, which is a rarity in NYC.

Helpful?
Thank Sarah C
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cant believe this is a library. Its more like a gallery with wonderful carved architraves, lots of gold leaf, marble everywhere and magnificent ceilings.

Helpful?
Thank BJBear054
Maribor, Slovenia
Level Contributor
146 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, but visiting some older European libraries I am not able to give it five stars...

Helpful?
Thank primozhoce
Batavia, New York
Level Contributor
89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Never seen a library like this. If you are a resident of NY (any place in NY) you can get a library card. Highly recommend if you like to read books on an e-reader of any sort.

Helpful?
Thank Michelle R
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

quite deceptive from the outside - a large nondescript building on the outside but inside a haven of tranquility with some stunning features in particular the reading rooms - don't forget to look up !

Helpful?
Thank Tracycymru

Travellers who viewed New York Public Library also viewed

 

Been to New York Public Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of New York Public Library and other visitors
11 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (11)

Questions? Get answers from New York Public Library staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Midtown

Neighbourhood Profile
Midtown
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 affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
Explore this neighbourhood