New York Society Library
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Trowbridge and Livingston, 1917; James Vincent Czajka, 2010-13

The New York Society Library, founded in 1754, is open to all for reading, reference, and many events. Circulation and other services are available to members. 53 East 79th Street was built in 1917 for the John Shillito Rogers family by the architectural firm of Trowbridge and Livingston. The building became the Library's fifth home in 1937. It is a New York City Landmark.Visitors can enjoy the elegant reading and study rooms in the front half of the building, including furnishings and art dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Stacks in the rear house the 300,000-strong book collection. The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery displays rare, historic, or recommended books. Tours will include a glance at many spaces open only to Library members as well as the limited-access rare book reading room and conservation studio.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours with Sara Holliday, Head of Events; Carolyn Waters, Head Librarian, will last approximately 40 min.

Access Notes: Food and drink are not permitted in the building. Cell phone calls are not permitted in the building. Visitors are encouraged to photograph the Library, but we ask that they be considerate of our members' privacy and avoid catching other patrons in their photographs. The main (front) part of the building is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair users are able to make use of all regular Library services. For these particular tours, we plan to show some areas that are not fully accessible. We're happy to include wheelchair users with the understanding that some segments of the tour will not be convenient for them.

 

Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring exquisitely designed historic libraries? You may also enjoy the Bronx Community College's Gould Memorial Library, considered Stanford White's masterpiece, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.

 

Image Credit: Beth Perkins

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