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The New York Public Library is loaning out ties and handbags for job interviews

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Clayton Guse

New York City is a stylish place, but not everyone within the five boroughs has the means to dress to the nines seven days a week. And for those who want to impress at a job interview but don't own—or can't afford—any style accessories, the New York Public Library has a new solution. 

The system’s Riverside Library branch on the Upper West Side unveiled a new collection of ties, briefcases and handbags last week, which cardholders can take out for occasions like interviews, weddings and other events that call for a little more je ne sais quoi. The accessories are a part of the library's Grow Up initiative, a lending program that's funded through the NYPL's Innovation Project. Any NYPL library member can check out a piece of gear at the location's second floor information desk, so long as they have less than $15 in fees on their account. 

The program is only active at the one location, but the NYPL also points out that it has a whole host of resources for job seekers. “We also have information sheets on job interview tips, free career resources and suggested books, and websites and organizations that can help with professional fashion advice and attire,” Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian at the branch, wrote in a post

So while the NYPL will almost certainly never offer a full-blown Rent the Runway option, it's good to see that they're helping New Yorkers clean up their look, one tie and handbag at a time.

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