New York Public Library
For more than 125 years, the New York Public Library has been a vital source of free books, reports, statements, and education for all New Yorkers. NYPL is the nation’s most prominent public library system, with 92 sites in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In conjunction with its circulating branches, the Library, notably the brand-new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), offers an incredible wealth of materials and possibilities to everybody.
The Library houses more than 56 million items, varying from books, e-books, and DVDs to famous research collections used by researchers from across the globe. It serves more than 16 million users a year in person and millions more online. NYPL’s historical collections, which are housed in the research centers, include a draft of the Declaration of Independence composed in Thomas Jefferson’s hand, one of the rare surviving copies of the Gutenberg Bible, and authentic works, manuscripts, letters, and more by literary and artistic luminaries such as William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Maya Angelou, John Coltrane, Augusta Savage, and others. Check this out
The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island neighborhood libraries, many of which trace back to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary generosity at the turn of the century, are sites of educational innovation and service, crucial community hubs that give much more than free books and resources. The public libraries serve an essential role in bridging the digital gap, particularly for the millions of New Yorkers who don’t have access to the internet at home. New York City public school kids turn to their local branches for homework assistance. NYPL’s English language and literacy programs are vital to the city’s immigrant community. The extensive job search tools are relied upon by job searchers. Every year, the Library presents hundreds of thousands of free programs to people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
Since its foundation in 1895, the New York Public Library, now named the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, has always assisted New York City, regardless of the occurrences. For example, the COVID-19 epidemic presented unprecedented problems to the city and its residents. The Library, like it, always does, immediately responded to ensure that communities could continue to access the information and services they needed. The Library expanded its primary digital services—from e-book access to online learning assistance for students, remote research services, online programs, and virtual one-on-one employment help—while continually monitoring quickly changing conditions. And as soon as it was possible, the Library reopened all of its branch sites in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island in stages, ensuring that New Yorkers could access the services and resources they needed.
The Library was created on universal access to information and opportunity. The problems of 2020 and 2021 did not dissuade NYPL’s core goal of serving New Yorkers through even the most difficult times, demonstrating the Library’s continuing heritage as one of the city’s most important civic organizations. Up next is Radio City Music Hall.
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