The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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While the New York Public Library system consists of 89 individual branches, it’s this austere Beaux Arts building in Bryant Park —home to 75 miles of shelves housing a massive humanities and social sciences archive—that most readily comes to mind. The library’s free tours (11am, 2pm Mon-Sat; 2pm Sun) stop at the beautifully renovated Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. The program of special exhibitions rivals those of the city’s finest museums; 2009 offerings include ‘Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation’ (until July 25) and ‘Voltaire’s Candide: The 1759 Editions’ from autumn through winter.


Venue name: The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Address: Fifth Ave
New York

Cross street: at 42nd St
Opening hours: Mon, Thu–Sat 10am–6pm; Tue, Wed 10am–8pm; Sun 1–5pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave
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