Coordinates: 40°45′10″N 73°58′54″W / 40.75270°N 73.98180°W
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. It is the second largest public library in the United States
The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island. The branch libraries are open to the general public.
The New York Public Library main building, circa 1908
John Astor gave $400,000 for the creation of a public library. which was built in 1854
The size and importance of the library grew along with the city.
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Lenox copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the New York Public Library
Patience and Fortitude, the "Library Lion" statues, in the snowstorm of December 1948
The Library's historical seal, designed by sculptist Victor David Brenner in 1909, best known as the designer of the Lincoln penny. Though rarely used, the seated personification of wisdom appears on plaques at several branches.
Science, Industry and Business Library
Recto of a 16th-century music manuscript found in the front pastedown of Drexel 4180, a manuscript in the Music Division of the New York Public Library
The Epiphany Branch, on East 23rd Street in Manhattan
Cross-view of classical details in the entrance portico
Christmas tree at Astor Hall, adjacent to the main entrance to the NYPL's main branch