New York Public Library, New York City

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Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A great spot to call in to on your way by. Regular free exhibits too, although just wondering round the library itself is very interesting. 
    A great spot to call in to on your way by. Regular free exhibits too, although just wondering round the library itself is very interesting.  more »
  • We have been there for a small exhibition called treasures, simply outstanding for the materials and the sense of civilization, not to be missed this year!!! 
    We have been there for a small exhibition called treasures, simply outstanding for the materials and the sense of civilization, not to be missed this year!!!  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Staff was super friendly. Cute gift shop. They definitely don't make buildings like this anymore. We were just at the right time to see a woman be proposed to on the stairs! Very adorable! If you lovebirds ever see this review...I wish you a happy life together!!!
  • Great art and architecture. Bryant park near by, there is an open space with tables just outside of library, nice place to have lunch and observe the probably New York’s busiest streets. Students and anyone who wanted to study will find this place absolutely wonderful. Beautiful, peaceful and big halls filled with computers, books and desks to study. There is security to make sure everyone is maintaining silence and tourists not taking pictures or videos

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