NY Public Library at Bryant Park | NYC Stores
The famous library, home of the larger then life lions Patience and Fortitude, has frequent events and exhibits. Open since 1911, the library is stunningly beautiful inside and out. Bryant Park, which is behind the library, has several food stands, a restaurant, and a film festival on Monday evenings during the summer.
A Library Gift Shop which carries unique gifts for lovers of books and New York City. The Shop has a wonderfully curated selection of stationery, fine writing instruments, NYC souvenirs, books and children's educations toys and books.
In addition to the usual tote bags and T-shirts emblazoned with library logos, you’ll find quirky magnets with sayings like "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" and lots of books on New York City, writers, and writing. Classic storybook characters come to life in these whimsical shops where Wild Things dolls are tucked in among kids' favorite stories. One edition of Goodnight Moon even comes with a pair of bunny slippers. Fine writing instruments and stationery as well.
A vibrant center of cultural and political life, the city’s most famous, lion-bookended research library houses over 25,000 volumes that span the blockbuster (Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence) and the esoteric (every extant issue of the South China Morning Post). The imposing Beaux-Arts structure was designed by the then-unknown architectural firm of Carerre and Hastings, constructed over the course of nine years, and completed to great fanfare in 1911.
The gem of the main branch is the Rose Reading Room, where patrons (with ACCESS cards secured in advance) submit call slips for books sent through a pneumatic tube system traveling through an eight-story maze of book stacks. In the few minutes it takes for a request to arrive, visitors can wander the 297-by-78-foot room outfitted with 42 vast oak tables and ceiling murals depicting the sky. A revolving series of public art, history, and science exhibits can be found elsewhere in the building, while lectures, reading seminars, and research classes thrive in its many nooks. Such cultural exchange spills outside the library doors, where a cross-section of laborers and scholars, protestors and chess players, tourists and performers lays claim to the marble steps.
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