RECOMMENDED: Full guide to New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The century-old main branch of the NYPL is about as regal a setting for reading—either on your laptop or those old dusty things called books—as you’ll find in the city. Two massive Tennessee-marble lions, dubbed Patience and Fortitude, flank the main portal and have become the institution’s mascots. Once inside, check out the cavernous Rose Main Reading Room, spanning almost 300 feet and outfitted with chandeliers and stunning ceiling murals. Though it’s a classy setting in most instances, it’s also where Bill Murray uttered, “Are you, Alice, menstruating right now?” and “Back off, man, I’m a scientist” in Ghostbusters. Free guided tours (at 11am and 2pm) stop at Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, which offers free internet access. Lectures, author readings and special exhibitions are definitely worth checking out.
|Venue name:||New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building||Contact:|
|Cross street:||at 42nd St|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat 10am–6pm; Tues, Wed 10am–8pm; Sun 1–5pmRose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are temporarily closed|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
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We visited the library for the first time during its"The Library After Hours" series - the building itself is absolutely beautiful. Although I enjoyed the idea and theme of the series, there were lines for everything (mask making, the bar, and Love in Venice exhibit), which is totally expected for NYC. I would recommend going as early as right when the doors open for their events.
This is one of my favorite places in NYC. It has a beautifully crafted interior, feels very zen, and a wonderful gift shop and libraries. Occasionally there are wonderful little exhibits. It's great that it is so close to Bryant Park also and offers a nice outdoor space. Most of the staff are friendly and it is easy to spend hours inside!