The New York Public Library

★★★★☆
  • 455 5th Ave

    New York, NY 10016

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  • 212-340-0863

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Personally, an unbrowsable library is a borderline useless library for me. What do you mean, I have to know what I want when I walk in the door, write it down on a piece of paper and wait for it to be delivered? So the library is huge -- so is Harold Washington Library in Chicago, and they manage to be browsable. I'm sure this is a great place for research. But give me shelves I can see.

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Personally, an unbrowsable library is a borderline useless library for me. What do you mean, I have to know what I want when I walk in the door, write it down on a piece of paper and wait for it to be delivered? So the library is huge -- so is Harold Washington Library in Chicago, and they manage to be browsable. I'm sure this is a great place for research. But give me shelves I can see.

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This branch of the New York Public Library has a very vast collection in nearly anything you could ask for. They also have wonderful lecture series, classes and the like, for many different topics. This branch seems to have a specialty in job finding and carrer building, and has a particularly excellent collection of books for the job seeker. They also have a series of lectures and classes for getting ahead in the job world.

The public library book store next door is nice with great deals (and a great cause to support), although the hours are quite limited.

I do not recommend this branch as a place to use internet access, unless you get there extremely early, the wait is crazy. Try a branch away from Midtown.

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This branch of the New York Public Library has a very vast collection in nearly anything you could ask for. They also have wonderful lecture series, classes and the like, for many different topics. This branch seems to have a specialty in job finding and carrer building, and has a particularly excellent collection of books for the job seeker. They also have a series of lectures and classes for getting ahead in the job world.

The public library book store next door is nice with great deals (and a great cause to support), although the hours are quite limited.

I do not recommend this branch as a place to use internet access, unless you get there extremely early, the wait is crazy. Try a branch away from Midtown.

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I never seem to get over the sheer magnitude of this library. From the moment you see it which the majestic Lions out front to the millions of books and research materials available to all who enter the doors, there is something for everyone to see and read...

It makes a great meeting place as well or just a good spot to sit for a while while taking in all that is going on around you...

PROS: A special spot to read or do research
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

I never seem to get over the sheer magnitude of this library. From the moment you see it which the majestic Lions out front to the millions of books and research materials available to all who enter the doors, there is something for everyone to see and read...

It makes a great meeting place as well or just a good spot to sit for a while while taking in all that is going on around you...

PROS: A special spot to read or do research
CONS: none

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This is one of the best and most extensive libraries I've been to. Most of my enthusiasm comes from the online reservation system - reserve online and then go pick up. This library has just about anything you can think of and if it doesn't it will get it from another library shipped to a branch of your choice. The bathrooms are nasty but overall it is nice.

PROS: Extensive collections, reservation system
CONS: Bathrooms

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★★★★★

This is one of the best and most extensive libraries I've been to. Most of my enthusiasm comes from the online reservation system - reserve online and then go pick up. This library has just about anything you can think of and if it doesn't it will get it from another library shipped to a branch of your choice. The bathrooms are nasty but overall it is nice.

PROS: Extensive collections, reservation system
CONS: Bathrooms

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This library has the most extensive research capabilities and helpful staff. If you have a specific topic in mind, this is the place to start, and there are so many avenues to consider, especially with original documents through to the internet

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This library has the most extensive research capabilities and helpful staff. If you have a specific topic in mind, this is the place to start, and there are so many avenues to consider, especially with original documents through to the internet

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