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.
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 nypl.org for details.
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.