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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.

 

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We depend on donations to help us enhance our collection of books and electronic resources, maintain our historic building, present our exhibitions and events, and sustain our daily operations. 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.