New York Public Library

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Coordinates: 40°45′10″N 73°58′54″W / 40.75270°N 73.98180°W / 40.75270; -73.98180

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. It is the second largest public library in the United States.[1]

The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island.[2] The branch libraries are open to the general public.

History[change | change source]

The New York Public Library main building, circa 1908

John Astor gave $400,000 for the creation of a public library. which was built in 1854.[3]

The size and importance of the library grew along with the city.

References[change | change source]

  1. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the US.
  2. The borough of Brooklyn has the Brooklyn Public Library; and the borough of Queens has the Queens Borough Public Library.
  3. Lydenberg, Harry Miller. "History of the New York Public Library," Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Vol. 20, July-August 1916, pp. 556–563.

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