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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."

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An NYPL Reading List for the Oscar Watcher

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 9:40 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 | 12:31 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 | 2:44 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 | 9:31 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

(7) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:18 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 | 12:02 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 | 7:44 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 | 3:52 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 | 10:05 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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Do Not Be Afraid of Bubbles in Your Kimchi

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:47 PM

An Interview with Lauryn Chun
founder of Mother-in-Law's Kimchi and author of The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi

Kimchi, the traditional fermented Korean side dish, can be enjoyed many ways. There are those who like their kimchi hot...

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The Story of the Seven Sisters: Women's Magazines at NYPL

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 3:55 PM

by Raymond Pun
Librarian in NYPL's DeWitt Wallace Periodicals Division

In 1883, Ladies' Home Journal was founded as a supplement to Tribune and Farmer (1879), a four page-weekly magazine that covered flower arrangement and childcare tips under Cyrus Curtis and his wife Louisa...
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Surprising $10 Million Donation Gives Library Users A Wonderful Life

(4) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:09 AM


She was like a character out of a heartwarming, holiday movie - literally.

New York City's own Mary Bailey was a quiet, modest woman, as stoic as the seminal character of the same name in the Christmas classic, "It's A Wonderful Life." She lived...

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The Macaroni and Cheese Challenge: A Little Patience, a Dash of Fortitude and a LOT of Cheddar

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:15 PM

By Nora Lyons

It is no secret that The New York Public Library has a hearty appreciation for food. Our current exhibition, Lunch Hour NYC, contains a healthy dose of material about the quintessential mid-day meal -- including...

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Race and American Politics

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 2:44 PM

It's been just over three weeks since voters took to the polls, but here at the Library, one of the issues we've been discussing is how race played a role in this year's election and the future of American politics.

Although, many of the Schomburg Center's Junior...

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Elephant-Shaped Buildings and Other Curiosities: NYPL's Map Librarian Talks About Making Historical Geography a Part of the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 12:32 PM

By Matt Knutzen, Geospatial Librarian - The New York Public Library

One hundred years ago, a building-sized elephant stood across the street from the Coney Island Cyclone. The "elephant bazaar," which once occupied the area on the North side of Surf Avenue, was an exciting discovery for The New York...

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Preserving a Hero's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 10:23 AM

By Angela Montefinise


Image courtesy of HBO

Vito Russo never accepted injustice, even as a child.

When the legendary activist and pioneer in the at-times brutal fight for gay rights was just a young boy growing up on the rough streets of East Harlem...

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The Lunch Box: A Cultural Icon

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 12:36 PM

By Amy Geduldig


The lunch box. In the 1980s it was a revered cultural icon that marked your status in the upper echelons of elementary school society. Square, tin replicas of Rainbow Brite or The Dukes of Hazzard decorated school cafeterias nationwide and were...

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NYPL Embraces the Future of Libraries - Today

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 12:37 PM

Your Questions Answered

By Anthony Marx
President, The New York Public Library

The ground under all libraries is shifting. From financial uncertainties to the challenges of guaranteeing digital access for all, the country's largest circulating library has no choice but to change. We must also preserve our position...

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Doodle 4 Google... And for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:49 PM

By Angela Montefinise

Be creative, draw a doodle, and you could see your artwork end up on Google!

That's the message Google is sending to kids across the country as part of its fifth annual Doodle 4 Google contest, which launched on January 18. Kids in grades K-12...

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Why does Rousseau matter today?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 12:54 PM

This year, Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau turns 300. To celebrate, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the City of Geneva have curated a series of events exploring Swiss innovation. Included in the festival is "Occupy Rousseau," an evening of discussion around Rousseau and democracy at...

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