At a Glance
A locus of American literary, cultural, political and technological research, explore this venerable icon of Midtown Manhattan, set in the green oasis of Bryant Park. Since 1911, The New York Public Library has collected, preserved and made accessible the world’s knowledge. Second only to the Library of Congress, it is among our nation’s premiere research libraries open to the public. The "gentle monumentality and knowing humanism" of its Beaux-Arts architecture is a profound celebration of our nation’s promise of a democracy made functional by the free access to information by its citizens.