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Since opening its doors in 1895, The New York Public Library has been at the forefront of public access to knowledge and has grown into one of the world's foremost cultural institutions. The Library operates 90 libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and a website that receives more than 26 million visits each year. Its mission—to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities—represents the Library's active engagement in meeting users' 21st-century needs.

The Library serves an immensely diverse range of users, from preschoolers to adults, from immigrants needing help with English to esteemed writers and scholars. 18 million people come through the Library's doors each year, and many of them attend the thousands of free exhibitions and public programs the Library offers, including classes in computers and technology, job-search techniques, and English as a second language.

NYPL is home to four world-class research centers: the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem; the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; the Science, Industry and Business Library in midtown; and the landmark 42nd Street Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (housing NYPL's collections in humanities and social sciences).

Today, NYPL is focused on growing New York City's human and intellectual capital as part of its vision of the "Library for the Future." Neighborhood libraries serve as digital access hubs, providing free wireless access to the Internet and close to 4,000 free public-access computers. All over New York and the world, NYPL invites users to actively engage with Library communities—to "Discover, Connect, and Get Inspired."

Entries by The New York Public Library

What You Can Do for Banned Books Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:14 PM

By Gwen Glazer

Every year during Banned Books Week, libraries and book-lovers around the country acknowledge that censorship is alive and well in the United States.

We're not pleased about it, of course.

The American Library Association's top 10 list of frequently banned and challenged...

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Revisiting Hogwarts

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 3:59 PM

By Gwen Glazer

It's time to go #BackToHogwarts!

J.K. Rowling made our day, when she tweeted this today:

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Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 6:43 PM

By Gwen Glazer

E.L. Doctorow brought history to life.

In dozens of works over a long and storied career, the author conjured up intensely believable characters--sometimes real historical figures, sometimes imagined--who breathed life into events long past. He created historical fiction that millions of people couldn't wait to...

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Celebrating Marriage Equality

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 11:38 AM

BY JASON BAUMANN, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities, and LGBT Collections at The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library honored the Supreme Court's historic decision on same-sex marriage Friday with a new display featuring key items from its renowned collections chronicling LGBT relationships and the fight for...

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'It's Me, Singing, Gone But Here': Honoring Poet Philip Levine

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:47 PM

By Isaac Gewirtz, Curator of The New York Public Library's Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature

The Pulitzer prize-winning poet Philip Levine (b. 1928) died on February 14, 2015. His papers, housed in The New York Public Library's Henry W. and Albert A. Berg...

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Books That Will Brighten a Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:39 PM

An aisle of Father's Day cards can present a, shall we say, somewhat limited definition of fatherhood. At The New York Public Library, we recognize that father figures have varied and diverse interests, and that it can be difficult for their progeny to find the perfect gift. So, if you're...

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Looking for Familiar Faces: Books to Explore During Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 2:32 PM

By Leslie Tabor

Over the past year, there has been a movement brewing in children's books to encourage the growth of literature that features diverse characters that readers can relate to. "We Need Diverse Books" has its own hashtag, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, and an increasingly devoted fan...

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A Mother's Day Tribute: 20 Reasons to Love Librarians and Their Mothers

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 1:10 PM

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked The New York Public Library's extraordinary bibliophiles to discuss the books their moms would recommend and we were promptly deluged with stories of wonderful moms near and far who taught their children to love the written word. These children grew up and made...

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The Sinking of the Lusitania: How a Wartime Tragedy Occasioned a Landmark Animated Movie

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:44 PM

The torpedoing of the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania, which occurred 100 years ago today, was one of a series of traumatic events that eventually led the United States into World War 1. In the following piece, Michael Inman, curator of The New York Public Library's current exhibition, Over Here:...

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A Poetic Celebration of Shakespeare on His Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:15 PM

April is National Poetry Month, and we've been celebrating with a month-long 30 Days of Poetry series. We asked thirty of our librarians and other staff members to select a poem. We then recorded them each reading the poem and talking about the reason behind their selections. We've...

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We Know More Than Jon Snow: What to Read When Winter Is Coming

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 11:12 AM

New York City experienced a frostier than usual winter this year. Yet, New York Public Library branches remained open against the blizzards -- both imagined and real -- warming the hearts and minds of all who entered seeking comfort with a good book or a good word. It was during...

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An NYPL Reading List for the Oscar Watcher

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Librarian at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

As everyone prepares for this year's Oscars, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts thought it would be fun to recommend a few books for the Oscar enthusiast. Below are...

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What Fortune Cookies Might Sound Like if They Were actually Chinese: A New Year's Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Author of 'In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China.'

Michael Meyer worked on IN MANCHURIA as a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in The New York Public Library. He will appear in conversation with...

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Out of the Digital Dark

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:44 PM

By Tony Marx, President of The New York Public Library

It is now conceivable to read almost anything online, anytime, and to connect with almost anyone with shared interests. Researchers could follow a lead or find any image, novelists pursue any thread, and students collaborate on the...

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The Books We Loved in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought!

Below are the favorite...

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The Books We're Thankful For

(6) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:18 AM

When it comes to Thanksgiving, librarians enjoy pumpkin pie and the Thanksgiving Day Parade as much as the next person. But it should come as no surprise that for the librarians at The New York Public Library, one of the things they're most thankful for are books.


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Our Favorite Ghost Stories

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:02 PM

There is nothing quite so fine as a tried and true ghost story -- one that sends shivers down the spine while you hide under the covers. It's especially fitting that Neil Gaiman, master of gothic horror, fantasy and fiction, will be at the Library's beautiful Stephen A. Schwarzman Building...

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Gone Girl Keeps Going

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:44 AM

By Amy Geduldig

The New York Public Library's most popular book of 2013 is getting the Hollywood treatment this week.

"Gone Girl," a movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling psychological novel, hits theaters today, with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike starring as the fascinatingly dysfunctional Nick and...

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Anti-Prom, The New Prom

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:52 PM


On a warm evening in June, teenagers representing all five boroughs of New York City walked between the lions and entered The New York Public Library's Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, but not to study for their upcoming final...

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The Big Story That Happened In His Backyard

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Journalist Renowned for his Coverage of Fracking Discusses His Book, Which Is Nominated For Prestigious NYPL Award.


When veteran news reporter Tom Wilber first started covering the development of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York, he thought it was just an average story on his beat for...

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