Upon its May 1911 dedication ceremony and opening, the New York Public Library’s Main Branch almost overnight became a cultural and social lynchpin in Manhattan, helping cement the city’s reputation as an internationally relevant intellectual hotspot. With over 15-million items housed in its resplendent interior, the historic comprehensiveness of its collection, spanning ancient and modern texts and treasures, is unrivaled.

With over 1,200 languages and dialects represented in its storehouse, from a cache of Jewish oral histories, beautifully preserved 19th-century Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and even the full manuscript groupings of literary greats, such as Beatnik-movement forefather Jack Kerouac, American free verse founder Walt Whitman, and even modernist Virginia Woolf.

New York Public Library
  • 498 Fifth Ave.
  • 10018 New York
  • S4 S5 S6 at Grand Central-42nd St.; SB SD SF at 42nd St.-Bryant Park

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