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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.


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Your donation will contribute to everything that makes the Library so special: it will help us build our unique collection of books and electronic resources, keep our historic building beautiful, present our exhibitions and events, and support our dedicated staff. Please consider making a gift today.

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.