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Libraries in New York

Updated Jul 19 2014 07:29 AM EST with 70 listings

New York is home to hundreds of public, private and academic libraries

Public Libraries:

New York City has three independent public library systems. They are: The New York Public Library (which operates libraries in Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island), The Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queensborough Public Library. Each library system has a central library and several branch libraries.

Public libraries are open to the public for general use, but you must have a library card to check out items. Rules and conditions for membership vary, so call the general phone numbers listed for each library. For more information visit the library home page at www.nypl.org.
More than just reference materials, libraries offer a number of concerts, poetry readings, and art exhibitions. Details are available by calling the library or looking at library web sites.

Private Libraries

There are many private libraries in New York, most belonging to universities. In general, these libraries are not open to the public, but there are ways to gain access. Academics, such as professors and researchers, can often get special passes to use university libraries. Also, the Metropolitan New York Library Council issues "Metro" passes which enables the public to have limited access to private libraries throughout New York City. This pass is only avaliable to members of another library, public or private, and only if the material you are looking for is not available in the public library. The host library determines the type of access and the amount of time you may be in the library, as well as whether or not you may check materials out. For more information about Metro pass, call 212-930-0831 or visit the web site metro.org/webs.html for a compresentive list of libraries in the greater metropolitan area.
Also, some libraries, such as those at Columbia and New York University, sell memberships.

For a complete list of universities and information about their libraries visit the city's www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/culture/html/collegespage.

New York Public Library; www.nypl.org
Information on catalogs, what's new, exhibitions, membership programs, and unique meeting/event space.

Major Research Libraries (6 listings total)

Humanities & Social Sciences Library

5th Ave./42nd St., Library 212-930-0830
Website: nypl.org

Metropolitan New York Library Council

Multiple reference & research library organization, including nearly 1200 academic, hospital, law, business, research, public, school, archival, & other types of libraries.
57 E. 11th St., Greenwich Village NY 10003 Tel 212-228-2320
Fax: 212-228-2598; Website: metro.org

Mid-Manhattan Library

455 Fifth Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 40th St., Tel 212-340-0849
Guides: 212-340-0944; Website: nypl.org

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, NYPL

455 Fifth Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 40th St., Tel 212-870-1630
Website: nypl.org

Science, Industry, And Business Library, NYPL

Specialized branch of New York Public Library; collections about business, math, and technology. Computer stations available.
188 Madison Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 Tel 212-592-7000
Website: nypl.org

The New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Flanked by the stone lions Patience and Fortitude, The Humanities and Social Sciences Library is the best-known building in the The New York Public Library system. The grand exterior is matched by an interior that includes the magnificent Rose Main Reading Room, marble-clad Astor Hall, rooms for exhibitions and lectures, and research collections containing about six million books.
Fifth Avenue & 42nd St., Tel 212-661-7220
Tel: 212-930-0641; Website: nypl.org

Baruch College - Newman Library

151 E. 25th St., Midtown South NY 10010 Tel 212-802-2420
Tel: 212-802-2440; Information: 212-802-2400
Website: baruch.cuny.edu

Butler Library at Columbia University

535 W. 114th St., Morningside Heights NY 10027 Tel 212-854-2271
Website: columbia.edu

Dominican Studies Institute

Amsterdam Ave., 138th St., Tel 212-650-7496
Website: ccny.cuny.edu

Graduate Center Library - CUNY

Open to the public on weekdays only.
365 Fifth Ave., Murray Hill NY 10036 Tel 212-817-7040
Website: library.gc.cuny.edu

Hunter College Library

695 Park Ave., Lenox Hill NY 10021 Tel 212-772-4146
Fax: 212-772-4142; Website: library.hunter.cuny.edu

Municipal Archives

City of New York Department of Records & Information Services.
31 Chambers St., CivicCenter NY 10007 , Tel 212-788-8580
Fax: 212-385-0984

NetLibrary

It helps to access the collection 24 hours a day 7 days a week; search thousands of titles by keyword, author, subject, or title; check out eBooks and view them online; purchase electronic or hardcopy of versions of books.
Website: netlibrary.com

New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Ave., East Harlem NY 10029 Tel 212-822-7200
Fax: 212-876-6620; Website: nyam.org

New York University Law Library

40 Wash. Sq. So., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-998-6300
Website: law.nyu.edu

NYU - Bobst Library

70 Wash. Sq. So., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Information 212-998-2505
Website: nyu.edu

U.S. Circuit Library Reference Desk - Chinatown

500 Pearl St., Chinatown NY 10007 Tel 212-857-8950

U.S. Circuit Library Reference Desk - CivicCenter

40 Foley Sq., CivicCenter NY 10007 Tel 212-857-8900

Donnell Library Center

Focused collections on media & world languages. Largest collection of materials in languages other than English. Located directly across from the Museum of Modern Art.
20 W. 53rd St., Midtown NY 10019 Switchboard 212-621-0618
TTY Line ( Deaf ): 212-621-0560; Website: nypl.org

French Institute Alliance Francaise

Their website includes calendar of performances, films, lectures, and events; descriptions of all French language courses; info on their collection of books, periodicals, videos, audio materials & CD-ROMs. Cine-Club Calendar
22 E. 60th St., Lenox Hill NY 10022 Park/Madiosn Ave, Tel 212-355-6100
Fax: 212-935-4119; Website: fiaf.org

Frick Art Library

10 E. 71st St., Lenox Hill NY 10021 Tel 212-288-8700
Website: frick.org

Goethe Institute

The New York branch of Munich's Goethe-Institut, located in a Beaux-Arts town house contains a cultural center, art gallery, and library. Admission is free.
1014 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side NY 10028 82nd/83rd Sts, Tel 212-439-8700
Fax: 212-439-8705; Website: goethe.de

Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library

Located in the lower level of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side NY 10028 Basement of the Ebgyptian Wing, Tel 212-650-2723
Website: metmuseum.org

Italian Cultural Institute

686 Park Ave., Lenox Hill NY 10021 68th/69th Sts., Tel 212-879-4242
Fax: 212-861-4018; Website: italcultny.org

Jewish Theological Seminary

3080 Broadway, Morningside Heights NY 10027 Tel 212-678-8000
Website: jtsa.edu

Mercantile Library

17 E. 47th St., Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-755-6710
Website: mercantilelibrary.org

Morgan Library

Formerly the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan in the early 1900s. Collection focuses on art, literature and rare books. Suggested admission: $8/adults; $6 for seniors/students & children under 12 free.
29 E. 36th St., Murray Hill NY 10016 Tel 212-685-0610
E-mail: media@morganlibrary.org; Website: morganlibrary.org

NY Society Library

Private library for writers & students. Annual membership is about $90.
53 E. 79th St., Upper East Side NY 10021 Tel 212-288-6900
Website: nysoclib.org

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center is a repository for global black history and culture. The center's collection of over five million items includes books, manuscripts, art objects, audio-and videotapes, films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs and prints, recorded music and sheet music.
515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem NY 10037-1801 Tel 212-491-2200
Website: schomburgcenter.org

115th St. Library

203 W. 115th St., Harlem NY 10026 Tel 212-666-9393

125th Street Library

224 E. 125th St., Harlem NY 10035 Tel 212-534-5050

58th Street Library

Book discussion groups; mostly books for adults, not children. Internet access available even without card.
127 E. 58th St., Midtown NY 10022 Tel 212-759-7358

67th Street Library

328 E. 67th St., Uptown East NY 10021 Tel 212-734-1717

96th Street Library

112 E. 96th St., Carnegie Hill NY 10128 Tel 212-289-0908

Aguilar Library

174 E. 110th St., East Harlem NY 10029 Tel 212-534-2930

Bloomingdale Library

150 W. 100th St., Upper West Side NY 10025 Tel 212-222-8030

Cathedral Library

560 Lexington Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Tel 212-752-3824
Website: nypl.org

Central Library

Central library for the Brooklyn system of public libraries.
Eastern Pkwy., Tel 718-230-2100

Chatham Square Library

33 East Broadway, Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-964-6598

Columbus Library

Film program for children; books in Spanish. English taught to non-speakers during fall, winter and spring.
742 Tenth Ave., Clinton NY 10019 50th/51st Sts., Tel 212-586-5098

Countee Cullen Library

104 W. 136th St., Harlem NY 10030 Tel 212-491-2070

Epiphany Library

228 E. 23rd St., Stuyvesant NY 10010 Tel 212-679-2645

Fort Washington Library

535 W. 179th St., Washington Heights NY 10033 Tel 212-927-3533

George Bruce Library

518 W. 125th St., Morningside Heights NY 10011 Tel 212-662-9727

Hamilton Fish Park Library

415 East Houston St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-673-2290

Hamilton Grange Library

704 St. Nicholas Ave., Audubon NY 10031 Tel 212-926-2147

Harlem Public Library

Temporari;y relocated to 2011 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
9 W. 124th St., Harlem NY 10027 Tel 212-348-5620

Hudson Park Library

66 Leroy St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-243-6876

Inwood Library

4790 Broadway, Inwood NY 10034 Tel 212-942-2445

Jefferson Market Library

Public library with community garden; it was formerly a courthouse.
425 Avenue of Americas, Greenwich Village NY 10011 Tel 212-243-4334

Kips Bay Library

446 Third Ave., Midtown South NY 10016 Tel 212-683-2520

Macomb's Bridge Library

2650 A. Clayton Powell Jr, Blvd., Harlem NY 10039 Tel 212-281-4900

Mid-Manhattan Library

Collections focus on education, health, and languages. The largest reference section of the NY Public Library System. Job Information Center on the 2nd floor has many resources for job seekers.
455 Fifth Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 40th St., Tel 212-340-0849
Guides: 212-340-0944; Website: nypl.org

Morningside Heights Public Library

Formerly Columbia Public Library.
2900 Broadway, Morningside Heights NY 10025 Tel 212-864-2530

Muhlenberg Library

209 W. 23rd St., Chelsea NY Tel 212-924-1585

New Amsterdam Public Library

9 Murray St., Financial District NY 10007 Switchboard 212-732-8186

New York Public Library Information

Fifth Ave., Greenwich Village NY 10018 Information 212-340-0849
Website: nypl.org

Ottendorfer Library

135 Second Ave., Lower East Side NY 10003 Tel 212-674-0947

Queens Borough Public Library System

Central library for the Queensborough public library system.
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY, Tel 718-990-0714
Information: 718-990-0778; TDD for Hearing Impaired: 718-990-0809
Website: queenslibrary.org

Riverside Library

127 Amsterdam Ave., Lincoln Center NY 10023 Tel 212-870-1810

Roosevelt Island Public Library

524 Main St NY, NY 10044, Switchboard 212-308-6243

Seward Park Library

192 East Broadway, Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-477-6770

St. Agnes Library

444 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY 10024 Tel 212-877-4380

Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Public Library

560 Lexington Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Switchboard 212-752-3824

Tompkins Square Library

331 E. 10th St., East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-228-4747

Washington Heights Library

1000 St. Nicholas Ave., Washington Heights NY 10032 Tel 212-923-6054

Webster Library

1465 York Ave., Yorkville NY 10021 Tel 212-288-5049

Yorkville

222 E. 79th St., Yorkville NY 10021 Tel 212-744-5824

Children's Libraries (1 listings total)

Early Childhood Library

66 Leroy St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-929-0815
Website: nypl.org

Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library (NYPL)

Library for the blind and physically handicapped
40 W. 20th St., Flatiron District NY 10011 Tel 212-206-5400
TDD for Hearing Impaired: 212-206-5458; E-mail: ahlbph@nypl.org
Website: talkingbooks.nypl.org