The libraries of New York City might not be on your top list of things to do as a traveler, but you should consider a visit to some of them.
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10018
Also known as the New York Public Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the second largest public library in the United States. Click HERE for some really cool facts on this beautiful marble building, its history and treasures. Daily TOURS of the building and its exhibitions are offered to walk-in visitors.
10 Grand Army Plz
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough’s 2.5 million residents and offers thousands of public programs. It’s located at the Grand Army Plaza end by Prospect Park and you’ll know you are there when you see the building’s amazing entrance. Two things I recommend you to check out when you are there: the Brooklyn Collection and the awesome desserts at Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cafe.
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10011
The Jefferson Market Library is a NYC landmark located in Greenwich Village. It has a great collection on everything about the neighborhood, including some pretty rare books. Inspired by a German castle and contrary to what many people think, the library was not a church but a courthouse. This building is one of the coolest in the city so even if you are not looking into going in and browsing at the books, just step in see the beautiful stained glass, spiral staircase and vaulted ceilings.
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
Named for Afro-Puerto Rican scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, this is a research library of the New York Public Library. Its extensive archive if one of the most important for information on people of African descent worldwide. Located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan and founded during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has collections of over 10 million items.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY, 10023
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center has the world’s most extensive combination of reference and research materials on music, dance, theatre, recorded sound, and other performing arts. It is a great place to stop when visiting the Lincoln Center and if you are looking for a free treat to film and music programs in the city.