NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Often referred to as the “main branch,” the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. (From nypl.org)

Located at 5th Ave and E 42nd St., which is just a few blocks away from the Grand Central and the Chrysler Building in Midtown, the library was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1965. Lots of tourists flock this particular branch of the New York Public Library.

My friend and I spent a few hours doing our job search at the Edna Barnes Solomon Room (Rm 316) and groups of tourists would come from time to time to look around the reading room. No wonder the guards were really strict – drinking water and flash photography, among other things, were prohibited.

During my return flight from Switzerland, I watched a video about the famed LEGO Sculpture Artist Nathan Sawaya creating two mini-versions of the marble lion statues, as Patience and Fortitude celebrate 100 years. These two LEGO lions would welcome you as you enter the library.

This library is certainly the most beautiful among the New York Public Library branches I’ve ever been to. Another NYPL favorite is the Science, Industry and Business Library at 188 Madison Ave at Herald Square.

Click one of the pictures below for a full-screen view of the gallery!

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