February 5, 2009

Stacks in the City, Pt. 4: New York Public Library

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Let me just start off by saying that the main New York Public Library is not just a library, it's a legendary institution, historic landmark, extravagant attraction, and most importantly, it's an integral part of New York City.

This building dates back to before the 19th century . . . on the other, rather me write a five page blog entry or bore you with this library's extensive history; you can check it out for yourself.

I'm sure most of you think of libraries as just containing books, computers, and reading/studying areas. However, the New York Public Library has its own museum inside dedicated to its history. In addition to the museum, multiple reading rooms, thousands of book shelves, and stacks and stacks of book (which are only accessible to those who work there), this library also has numerous floors and hallways all branching off to different sections of the building. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to sneak into any of these unmarked or prohibited areas.

But check out my slideshow to see which areas of library I did venture into:


I bet now you're thinking, "Why does that library look so familiar?" Well, if you were amongst the 15 million people who visit the library every year, then the answer is obvious! But the New York Public Library has also served as scenery in films such as Sex and the City, Spider-Man 3, 13 Going On 30, and Maid in Manhattan, among many others.

So the next time your parents ask you where you want to go for a family vacation, you'll say, “The New York Public Library!” Yeah, probably doubtful . . . But if you're ever in the Big Apple, this should definitely be on your top 10 places to see.

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

  1. Terry

    It is one of my favorite spots in New York. My daughter won’t have to ask. It’ll be the firs stop off the train! Thanks for sharing your great picks.

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