New York Public Library

New York Public Library is originally built in 1886. It is one of the largest libraries in the United States. In the New York Public Library, you will find four research libraries. The library manages and controls eighty other libraries in the neighborhood. It has a total of 2,000,000 registered members. The most prominent building in the New York Public Library is the Main Research Library. The Main Research Library is located on the Fifth Avenue. The Main Research Library offers a large reading room. Two carved lions can be seen standing on the entrance.


New York Public Library is a combination of the Astor Library and Lenox Library. The Astor Library is financed by John Jacob Astor. The Lenox Library is a much smaller library located in the Frick Museum. Samuel J. Tilden offers a grant of $2.4 million to fund the construction of the New York Public Library. Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to fund the building of the neighborhood libraries in 1901. The main research library was officially open for public visits in 1911.

New York Public Library New York Public Library

The eighty neighborhood branches of the New York Public Library are located in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island. The library systems in Queens and Brooklyn are different that the New York Public Library. Besides the Main Research Library, there is the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is one of the libraries in the library system. The Science and Business Library is a research facility in the New York Public Library.

The Main Research Library

The Main Research Library is located at the 5th avenue and 40th Street. It was first built in 1911. The architectural firm responsible for designing the Main Research Library is Carrere and Hastings. The research library offers more than seventy five miles of open shelves. Room 315 is the leading reading room in the main research library. The reading room has a length of 78 feet and a width of 297 feet. The ceiling of the library reaches up to 52 foot. Many university students visit the reading room to perform their research. In the Great Depression, New Yorkers who are unemployed come to the library to expand their knowledge in different professional fields. The materials in the reading room can offer college level education to the public.

The two lion statues are located in front of the entrance to the main research library. The main research library can be spotted by the huge library logo. The lion statues are made of pink Tennessee marble. The architect of the lion statues is Edward Clark Potter. The lion statues are the symbols of the library. The lions are bestowed with many nicknames by the local residents. The two lion statues are called Astor and Lennox respectively. The nicknames Astor and Lennox are derived from the founders of the library. In the Great Depression period, Mayor La Guardia called the two lion statues as Patience and Fortitude. Nowadays, the two lion statues are known as Uptown and Downtown.

New York Public Library2 New York Public Library

The New York Library in Popular Culture

The Main Research Library in the New York Library was featured in several books and television shows. Some of the movies that feature the main research library include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Wiz and Spiderman. The Main Research Library made its appearance in the movie titled Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley. The television series called Seinfeld also show the Main Research Library.

Ask a Question

The New York Public Library offers telephone reference system. The telephone reference system is built in 1968. You can use the telephone reference system to get answers to your questions. The telephone reference system is being managed by 10 researchers. The ten researchers hold various degrees including child psychology and English literature. The service of the telephone reference system is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The researcher is to answer your question in 5 minutes. The researchers will not call back the person who asked the question.

Nowadays, the people ask their questions through email and telephone. If you send the question by email, you will have to wait for 35 minutes for the researchers to respond. The researchers are not allowed to answer certain questions that violate the library rules including homework, assignment open ended philosophical questions, and etc. To find out the full list of questions that cannot be answered by researcher, you can check with the library rules.

Visiting the New York Library

The main reading room can be visited by everyone. If you live in New York, you can apply for a free New York Public Library Card. If you are a tourist, you can apply for a library card at $100. The access card allows non residents to access the research materials in the library. Tourists who applied for an access card cannot have access to the circulating materials in the library.

New York Public Library3 New York Public Library

You can apply for the library card on the internet. The library card can also be applied at the Public Library location. Before you are allowed to borrow books, you must present the library card at the New York Public Library. The library card allows you to download eNYPL content, perform research at the Library database and borrow reference materials. Children aged less than 11 years old must apply for the library card at the library. Children can also apply for the library card at events sponsored by the library. Parents must accompany the children during the application of the library card. Parents have put their signature on the library card application form.

The New York City Public Library is equipped with wireless internet access. If you bring a laptop, you can gain access to the internet from any location within the library. The computer must have an 802.11 wireless card. The LAN network of the New York City Public Library is NYPL. Once you have switched on the wireless device, you must locate the LAN network called NYPL. The NYPL wireless network is not locked with a password. Once you have connected your wireless device to the NYPL, you can surf the internet.

Every year, the New York Library is visited by about 15,000,000 people. Out of the 15,000,000 people, only 1,860,000 people have library cards. The New York Library frequently updates its library. Every week, about ten thousands materials are added to the library.

Contact Details:

Address: 33 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002-6804

Phone Number: (212) 964-6598


[google-map-sc external_links="true" zoom="16" address="1 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301 United States" width="500" height="300"]

No related posts.

Filed Under: Education


About the Author:

RSSComments (0)

Trackback URL

Leave a Reply

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.