One of the most amazing renowned building in NYC is the one that houses the New York Public Library (NYPL)! Now, let’s talk about the NYPL in numbers.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) was founded in 1895. It’s located at Bryant Park and a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal.
“It is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources”.
But, we didn’t come to day to talk about the library’s historical facts. We are here to put the New York Public Library in number, so you can see how amazing it is.
So, here it goes:
- Has been an education center for over 100 years
- Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library, and 5th Avenue
- 125 miles of shelving
- 530,000 cubic feet of white Vermont marble
- Façade has marble 12 inches thick
- Unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches
- 92 Locations: The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island
- 4 scholarly research centers
- Has 3 other research centers
- Serves more than 17 million patrons a year
- Millions of other patrons are served online
- Hold more than 51 million items that ranges from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world
- 125 miles of book stacks
- Heaviest book weighs 61 pounds
- The historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World
- More than 30,000 classic feature films, documentaries, and educational programs for free
- More than 700,000 items in their award-winning Digital Collections
- The Library’s new e-reader SimpleE app has more than 300,000 free e-books
- 103,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors
- Educators can borrow as many as 100 books for 60 days, with no late fees
- Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull fragments are in room 319
- 40,000 restaurant menus, the world’s largest collection, dates back to the 1850’s
- Norbert Pearlrot visited the library almost every single day. For 52 years, he sat at the same table
- For it’s 100th anniversary, it received a $1.2 billion renovation
If you want to read more details about the fact above, be sure to check out the NYPL’s website and an article from the New York Times, that also had some great secrets.
The NYPL is a place that you can visit countless times, since there is so much rich content to uncover!
Be sure to enjoy it as much as you can!
Location: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street
Text Excerpts: Facts compiled from the NYPL and NYTimes
Credits: Courtesy of Massimiliano Cerra, Paulleclerc, Bronx Banter Blog and Wikipedia
*Last Update on March/2020.*