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Founded in 1754, New York City's oldest library is a thriving community of readers, writers, and families. We are open to all for reading, reference, and many events.


Become a member to check out books, use our beautiful reading and study spaces, and enjoy other benefits.


Please Support Our Annual Fund in 2023

The Library relies on the generosity of our members and friends to sustain our work. Your contribution, no matter what the amount, will allow us to expand our print and electronic collections, present distinguished lectures and exhibitions, maintain our beautiful building, and support our dedicated staff. Please consider making a gift before the end of the year.

City Readers

City ReadersDiscover the Library’s historic past through digital copies of materials from our print and archival collections. City Readers also offers a fully searchable database of circulation records for our early membership from 1789 to 1805. Find out more.