Just six blocks from The Belvedere Hotel, you’ll find the New York Public Library. The Beaux Arts building remains as grand as the day it opened, May 24, 1911, and it welcomes millions of visitors each year. The size and importance of its collections make it invaluable to American cultural life.
Size: 53,000,000 books and other items
The library, officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age.