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 eclectic emporium for the best in all things bookish, the Library Shop boasts thousands of items for bibliophiles and literature lovers of all ages—from classic and contemporary books to quirky and timeless gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, and accessories. The Shop’s many exclusive collections celebrate the Library’s architectural splendor, its beloved stone lions, and the power of the written word. All proceeds support The New York Public Library. Become a Friend of the Library and receive a discount on every purchase.

Visit the Shop
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018
For information about The Schomburg Shop, Please click here.

Library 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