New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Entrance to the Public Catalog Room.
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, more widely known as the Main Branch or as the New York Public Library, is the flagship building in the New York Public Library system and a prominent historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan. The branch, opened in 1911, is one of four research libraries in the library system. It currently contains area of 646,680 square feet and 4 stories open to public. The main entrance steps are on Fifth Avenue opposite East 41st Street. The Library's famous Rose Main Reading Room (Room 315) is lined with thousands of reference works on open shelves along the floor level and along the balcony. It is also equipped with computers providing access to library collections and the Internet as well as docking facilities for laptops. Readers study books brought to them from the library's closed stacks. There are special rooms named for notable authors and scholars, many of whom have done important research and writing at the Library.
The New York Public Library system servves Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. Brooklyn and Queens have their own public library systems.