New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Ave. & 42nd St.
Manhattan, NY 10018
Midtown West


The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a landmark Beaux-Arts building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. This iconic building houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences and a circulating children’s library, home to the real Winnie-the-Pooh. Guarded by world-famous marble lions Patience and Fortitude, the Library houses architectural wonders include the stunning Map Division and the breathtaking Rose Main Reading Room, nearly the length of a football field. Don’t miss free exhibitions and daily tours.

Courtesy, The New York Public Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a membership to get in? No. The Schwarzman Building has been free and open to the public since 1911.

Can I take a tour? The library offers self-guided audio tours and hourlong guided tours with docents. Visit for details.

How can I find out about happenings at the library? Check the NYPL website for up-to-date information on exhibits and events.

Is there anywhere to eat or drink? Yes. Inside the library there’s an Amy’s Bread counter that serves pastries, salads and sandwiches. Attached to the building and in Bryant Park is the Bryant Park Café— a casual sit-down spot—and the Bryant Park Grill, an upscale New American restaurant.


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