About Us


The Library System
The New York Public Library, founded in 1895, is the nation's largest public library system featuring 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Dedicated on May 23, 1911, the majestic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a circulating children's collection; and plays host to numerous talks and special events. Standing proudly before this Beaux-Arts building are "New York's most lovable public sculptures, the lions Patience and Fortitude."

The New York Public Library Shop
An emporium for the best in all book-related products, the Library Shop's thousand of items range from classic and modern books for adults and children, desk items and toys, quirky gifts, fun souvenirs, a wide selection of fashion accessories, and an exclusive collection of New York Public Library quote-inspired designs. The much-loved lions, Patience and Fortitude, have also contributed to a line of products ranging from bags to bookends. Like the Library, shop selections are chosen to inspire leaning and advance knowledge. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in the shop support the collections,programs, and services of The New York Public Library.


Take a virtual tour of our shop with Liz, our Senior Sales Associate.

Visit the Shop
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

Shop Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday 
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Office Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information
Shop - 212.642.0102
Office -  212.930.0869