New York Public Library – Filled with history

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There is a superb bookshop in the foyer and ask a member of staff to show you the impressive reading rooms. You can, if you have a passport with you, even apply for a library card for the duration of your stay.
There is a superb bookshop in the foyer and ask a member of staff to show you the impressive reading rooms. You can, if you have a passport with you, even apply for a library card for the duration of your stay.

Article taken from: History Buffs Guide to New York by Mark Jones

THE New York Public Library is one of the largest and most significant libraries in the world. It was opened in 1911 in a ceremony presided over by President William Howard Taft.

It is also one of the most recognisable buildings in the city, having been the back drop to countless movies and television programmes – you may recall, it also served as the backdrop in the film Ghostbusters.

It cost $9 million to build and it boasts a staggeringly rich collection which runs into tens of millions of books, documents and private collections. The two resplendent stone lions guarding the entrance add an extra level of grandeur to its base.

Its main reading room was once the largest of its kind in the world. It is lined with thousands of reference books on open shelves along the floor level and along the balcony.

The library was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

There is a superb bookshop in the foyer and ask a member of staff to show you the impressive reading rooms. You can, if you have a passport with you, even apply for a library card for the duration of your stay.
WHERE: Fifth-avenue and 42nd-street.
Article taken from: History Buffs Guide to New York by Mark Jones

History Buffs Guide to New York
History Buffs Guide to New York

 

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