New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Cultural Center in The Midtown area

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Often referred to as the "main branch," the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. The non-circulating graduate-level collections were initially formed from the consolidation of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and have evolved into one of the world's preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience -- from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature.
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The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is part of The New York Public Library, which consists of four major research libraries and 87 branch libraries located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

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Has a shopNo parkingNo restaurant/cafeHas a library/BookstoreNot accessible to disabled persons

Opening hours

From 11:00 to 18:00
tuesdays closing at 19:30, wednesdays closing at 19:30, sundays opening at 13:00, sundays closing at 17:00
Closed on Holidays




Address: 476 5th Ave., New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-930-0757 Fax: 212-930-9218

Corner of 41st St. Subway: 7 to 5th Avenue, D/B/F/V to 42nd Street

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