Fodor's Expert Review New York Public Library Main Branch

Midtown West Library/Archive
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New York Public Library, Midtown West, New York City, New York, USA.

The "Library with the Lions" marked its centennial in 2011 as a masterpiece of Beaux Arts design and as one of the great research institutions in the world, a repository for millions of items including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, periodicals, and more. For the building's current, comprehensive modernization, expect changes to the building that will adapt it to the 21st cenury. Renovation continues through 2021 and includes the creation of more public space, a new 40th Street entrance, improved infrastructure, and expanded exhibition spaces.

The library's bronze front doors open into Astor Hall, which leads to special exhibit galleries and, to the left, a stunning periodicals room with wall paintings of New York publishing houses. Ascend the sweeping double staircase to a second-floor balconied corridor overlooking the hall, with panels highlighting the library's development. Continue up to behold the magisterial Rose Main Reading Room, where natural light pours through... READ MORE

The "Library with the Lions" marked its centennial in 2011 as a masterpiece of Beaux Arts design and as one of the great research institutions in the world, a repository for millions of items including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, periodicals, and more. For the building's current, comprehensive modernization, expect changes to the building that will adapt it to the 21st cenury. Renovation continues through 2021 and includes the creation of more public space, a new 40th Street entrance, improved infrastructure, and expanded exhibition spaces.

The library's bronze front doors open into Astor Hall, which leads to special exhibit galleries and, to the left, a stunning periodicals room with wall paintings of New York publishing houses. Ascend the sweeping double staircase to a second-floor balconied corridor overlooking the hall, with panels highlighting the library's development. Continue up to behold the magisterial Rose Main Reading Room, where natural light pours through the massive windows. Third-floor galleries show rotating exhibits on print and photography. On the ground floor, visit the Children's Center to see a display of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, the actual dolls owned by Christopher Robin that inspired A. A. Milne's beloved tales. Free hour-long tours leave Monday–Saturday at 11 and 2, and Sunday at 2 from Astor Hall.

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476 5th Ave.
New York, New York  10018, USA

212-930–0800-for exhibit info

www.nypl.org

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