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The five most gorgeous libraries in NYC

While the advent of the Internet has meant public libraries are not quite as popular as they once were (sniff), there are still very many in New York that are gorgeous places to read and study. Yes, you can download over 300,000 books on your phone, but wouldn’t you rather sit somewhere pretty and quiet to read?

 

1. New York Public Library

This iconic location, proudly guarded by regal-looking marble lions, is among the city's most ornate public spaces. And now that the gorgeous Rose Reading Room has reopened, this wins the beauty contest, hands down.

 

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2. The Morgan Library

This lavish location, originally the private library of J.P. Morgan Chase, was first dedicated to bookish pursuits in 1910, and it now includes a museum and scholarly research center.

 

 

3. New York Public Library of the Performing Arts

Whether you’re looking for some worthwhile literature on your favorite ballroom dancer or would rather gawk at beautiful people, this library will not disappoint.

 

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4. Jefferson Market Library

While the building was first a courthouse, the Jefferson Market Library has been an important part of the Greenwich Village community for more than four decades. Also, it looks like a freakin’ castle.

 

 

5. New York Society Library

The New York Society Library includes some cozy reading rooms that are open to the public—but you have to be a member check out a book. (That’s where the snobbishness of “society” in the name comes in.)

 

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lisa e
lisa e

While it's a sad commentary on the U.S., and its lack of care for the mentally ill (especially the mentally-ill who are also poor, and then often end up homeless) that there are so many mentally ill/homeless on our streets, another sad outcome of this is that...many libraries (i.e., those in my Queens nabe) have become 'havens' of sort.  Some days I'd like to work on my PC at the library, but I have to turn around and leave, the stench is that overwhelming from some of the other 'patrons' there.


And another thing...what ever happened to librarians who 'shooosh!' loud children?  Also at my local Queens library, kids are often allowed to run around making all kinds of noise, with nary a glance from the librarians.  I guess the idea is that 'kids will be kids?' but...whatever happened to the adults being in charge of the kids, and not vice versa?  ;-)

Ashley R
Ashley R

The libraries in New York are undoubtedly one of the best on the planet. I have gone to newyork society library ordinarily they keep great check and adjust when you take a book from them.  http://www.courseworklabs.co.uk/ the majority of it are to peruse it there. Yet, the good thing is you will discover some quiet in library. Individuals typically take after the guidelines there.

Dale H
Dale H

J. P. Morgan would be mystified by his new last name.

Ellen F
Ellen F

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people."  Andrew Carnegie  The five magnificent libraries included here not only benefit NYC but all those from every part of the world who visit them.  I would like to suggest the inclusion of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library on 44th Street and 5th Avenue.  It was built by Andrew Carnegie, and is the second oldest private library in NYC (after the Society Library) as well as being  housed in the General Society's exquisite landmark building. The General Society Library has a vast collection of books and periodicals and a compilation of historical memorabilia dating back to the inception of the organization, 1785.  As  Governor charged with the Library's  affairs, I am honored to be affiliated with this magnificent Library.  As Ray Bradbury said "Without libraries there is no past nor future."  The marvelous libraries Time Out NY presents are certainly a key to the past and the future and the present as well.  Thank you!  

Kendall J
Kendall J

The libraries in New York are no doubt one of the best in the world. I have visited newyork society library many times they keep good check and balance when you take a book from them. most of it are to read it there. But the good thing is you will find some silence in library. People usually follow the rules there.  

Carolyn W
Carolyn W

We are thrilled to find the New York Society Library included in this list of the most gorgeous libraries in NYC. However, we would like to point out a few inaccuracies in the brief text. While our reference room is indeed open to the public, the reading and study rooms as well as circulation privileges and access to electronic resources are benefits of membership. And just a point of clarity about the term "society" in our name, which does not at all refer to class. In the eighteenth century, when we were founded in a room in city hall, "society" simply referred to a group of people, in our case a group of men who felt that a library "would be very useful as well as ornamental to the city." We welcome everyone to join us, as we have since 1754.