If you have seen other posts of mine you will know that I like book stores and libraries. While in New York we took time to visit the New York Public Library. Specifically we visited Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
New York, NY) shown above. Included in that shot is one of the two famous marble lions at the front of the building.
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books.
The ways in which the resources of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building have been used are as diverse as the collections themselves:
– During World War II, Allied military intelligence used the Map Division for research on the coastlines of countries in the theater of combat.
– Television and print journalists first consulted the Slavic and Baltic Division when covering the changing political structure of the former Soviet Union.
– Authors of countless literary and nonfiction books cite the Library as a major resource in their work.
– Countless individuals have reconstructed family histories and located long-lost relatives through records in the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy.
This is the largest and grandest library that my wife and I have visited so far. We were able to take a short time to sit in the reading room shown above an just read. We could easily have spent hours there.
If you like books and are in New York, I recommend that you take some time and visit the Schwarzman Library building.
- About the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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