The New York Public Library was established in 1895 and quickly housed one of the largest collections of books in the world. It is currently the second largest collection in the United States, and the third largest in the world behind the Library of Congress and the British Library. The Main Branch of the library is formally named the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and took 14 years to complete, opening to the public in 1911. Since then, there have been many minor alterations, but the NYPL is about to undergo it's largest renovation and reconfiguration to date. Learn all about it in this short video from the library.
As part of the Midtown Renovation, The New York Public Library will upgrade and renovate the Schwarzman Building to prepare the historic library for the future, adding about 20% more public space to the building for research, exhibitions, and programs and greatly improving flow and infrastructure.
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