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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.

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Events & Exhibitions

The Library offers a diverse calendar of events for readers, writers, and children, with many events open both to members and nonmembers. The Assunta, Ignazio, Ada and Romano Peluso Exhibition Gallery, open to the public, showcases rare books and materials on literary and historical themes.

Become a Member

While the Library is open to all for reading and reference, membership gives you access to our hundreds of thousands of circulating volumes, open stacks, handsome reading and writing rooms, and exclusive events for adults and children. Find out more.

Support the Library

The New York Society Library relies on the support of members and friends to sustain its collection, adult and children's programs, exhibitions, and extraordinary personal service. There are many ways to contribute. Find out more.