Libraries in New York
New York City
New York is home to hundreds of public, private and academic 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.
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.
|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|
|455 Fifth Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 40th St.,||Tel 212-870-1630|
|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|
|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|
|Hours vary for different sections. Reference open Mo,We,Fr 10-18; Tu,Th 10-20; Sa 10-17 & Su 13-17. Map|
|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|
|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|
|Check website. Map|
|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|
|Central library for the Brooklyn system of public libraries.|
|Eastern Pkwy.,||Tel 718-230-2100|
|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|
|Mo & We 9-21; Tu & Th 11-19; Fr & Sa 10-18 Map|
|524 Main St NY, NY 10044,||Switchboard 212-308-6243|
|M & W 12-20; Tu & F 12-18; Th 10-18 & Sat 12-17|
|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:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr, Sa Map|