Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York

The New York Public Library took 16 years to plan and build and was opened in 1911. There are two marble lions at the entrance of the building, a bronze flagpole and fountains which symbolise truth and beauty.

There is no entrance fee to the library and this includes seeing the temporary exhibitions located in Gottesman Hall. Go and see the McGraw Rotunda, which is a room with stunning murals by Edward Lanning; and the Salomon Room which displays paintings and a selection of treasures from the library.

Some of the most important books in the library are the Gutenberg Bible, the collection of Shakespeare’s works which date back to 1623 and the first book in English that was published in America in 1640, the Bay Psalm Book. The library houses around three million reference books which cannot be borrowed.

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