The New York Public Library, Circa 1915

The New York Public Library as seen from the intersection of East 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. July 14, 1915
The New York Public Library as seen from the intersection of East 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. July 14, 1915

The New York Public Library was established in 1895 and quickly housed one of the largest collections 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, pictured here, took 14 years to complete and was opened to the public in 1911.

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