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About the Mid-Manhattan Library


Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Library houses the largest circulating collections of The New York Public Library.

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The Mid-Manhattan Library serves as a bridge between The New York Public Library’s neighborhood libraries and its in-depth, non-circulating research collections. The materials are geared to meet the needs of adult users and students and include books, DVDs, CDs, popular magazines and newspapers, and a broad selection of online databases. There is an extensive selection of popular reading, new books, movies, music, and a large collection of older and classic fiction.

The nonfiction collections, shelved in open stacks, cover a full range of subjects including applied art and art history, consumer health, cookbooks, education, history, language, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, travel. Also included is a large selection of books and DVDs in many languages. The Picture Collection offers circulating and reference images on paper and online.

Information Services
Mid-Manhattan’s information services staff is available at all times to assist with library resources and answer reference questions.

Computers and Classes
Mid-Manhattan Library’s fourth floor provides a large number of public access computers and laptops available for free. Use is limited to one session per day with sign-up available in person or online. Computer training and classes about library resources are offered in our training room with sign-up available online.


Mid-Manhattan Library offers free exam proctoring services.  All students must complete a Library Proctoring Form if they wish to schedule service with us. You may deliver the complete form to us here or email a copy to Due to the large number of requests advance notice is required. Exams are scheduled for Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Proctoring services guidelines for Mid-Manhattan Library and contact information can be found here.

A list of other New York City proctoring locations can be found here.

Public Programs
Mid-Manhattan Library offers a full schedule of free evening and weekend public programs on a wide variety of topics.

Program, class, and event flyers

Community District Information
For more information about your Community District, including census data, community board information, local schools and other resources, see here.


Cross Harbor Freight Program - Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement: November 2014

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is pleased to announce the release of the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Cross Harbor Freight Program (CHFP). Prepared in coordination with PANYNJ’s federal partner, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Tier 1 DEIS evaluates alternatives to improve the movement of goods in the region by enhancing the transportation of freight across New York Harbor.

The public comment period is now open and will close on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5pm. Public hearings will take place in winter 2015 (dates to be announced). The Tier 1 DEIS is available for download at

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