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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

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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The Art of Defining Art

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 11:39 AM

By Angela Montefinise

What is art?

This seemingly simple question is anything but -- in fact, it usually sparks endless debate and leads to countless "answers," one more complicated than the next.

Just ask Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, who tackles the difficult subject in a...

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New Perspectives on Old Perspectives: How an Art Project Helped the NYPL Put Its 3D Stereograph Collection in Your Hands

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 7:04 AM

by Joshua Heineman

The New York Public Library has released a new website called The Stereogranimator, which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3-D images from the Library's collection of stereographs, a popular 19th Century photo format. The web project gives this important, historic medium...

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It's Time For Rolex Arts Weekend at the Library: Dancer Lee Serle and Poet Tracy K. Smith share what it's like working with Trisha Brown and Hans Magnus Enzensberger

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 1:06 PM


Every two years, six emerging artists have the chance many dream of: a one-on-one mentorship with an expert in their field. Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative partners promising talent with world-renowned masters in dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual arts. For a year,...

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All Hands on Deck: NYPL Turns to the Crowd to Develop Digital Collections

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 10:34 AM

By Vicky Gan, Intern, Strategic Planning Office, The New York Public Library

Crowdsourcing is a loaded term. Since its 2006 debut, the word has burgeoned to encompass commercial ventures, digital galleries, funding platforms, art collaboratives, and myriad other online initiatives. Diverse as they are, though, all crowdsourcing projects have one...

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Like Is the New Link: Attracting Clients in a Social Media World

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 8:20 AM

By Timothy Maguire

Almost half of the world's Internet users are on Facebook. But how many are "likable?"

For anyone with something to sell, this is a particularly tricky question. Dave Kerpen found a great example of how to be charming and...

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NYC Haunts: Bronx Teens Discover Their Neighborhood Through an Interactive Look at the Dead

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 10:28 AM

by H. Jack Martin, Assistant Director for Public Programs/Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Families, The New York Public Library

Who's dead in your neighborhood? What was the cause of their timely or untimely demise? The New York Public Library has the answer. This spring, the Library...

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Knowledge Never Goes Out of Style: Resources and Research to Build New Old Technology

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 12:57 PM

By Justin Downs

The work I have come to do is a mixture of idea and reality. The classical name for the work is Research and Development, and what it entails is making thoughts corporeal. World fairs are the cutting edge of where ideas that have become material are showcased....

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