New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is the second largest library in the United States, the fourth largest in the world. This massive, in both size and reputation, public library holds 53 million items, the entire system covering several different divisions and subjects. Explore such divisions as General Research, Rare Books, Arts Prints and Photos, Manuscripts and Archives, Jewish Studies, United States and Local History, Genealogy, Maps, and English and American Literature. There will be an undoubtedly overwhelming selection of materials to peruse during your visit, the vast expanse of knowledge and resources within guaranteeing that your group can customize your visit to whatever style you want: history, literature, culture, cinema, etc.
The library is located on Fifth Ave, technically known as the Schwarzman Building, or Central Library. It is located in Midtown Manhattan and is considered a historic landmark. There are 4 floors total, the outside marble work giving way to the inside balconies, chandeliers, and brass lamps reminiscent of the past. Explore the Rose Main Reading Room and see exactly why so many pieces of literature, such as selections from E.B White Poems and Sketches, use this as a setting and as an inspiration in general. Several major movies have been filmed in this library as well, such as The Wiz, Ghostbusters, The Day After Tomorrow, and even Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
This is truly a literary gem for your group to stop at, both on literature and in literature! Did we mention the over 90,000 free programs, author readings, concerts, exhibitions, and classes featured at this library that your group can take part in?