The Library was officially founded in April, 1754 by Robert R.
Due to planned system upgrades, catalog and remote electronic resources may be unavailable for a few hours this evening.
Welcome to The New York Society Library
Founded in 1754, we are the city’s oldest library and a thriving community of readers, writers, and families. The Library is open to all for reading, reference, exhibitions, and many events, with circulation and other services by subscription. Our landmark building houses roughly 300,000 volumes, reading rooms, study spaces, a children’s library, and an exhibition gallery. The Library is a not-for-profit organization supported in part by tax-deductible contributions.