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Bridging the Gap

Every child deserves the same chances for success: to have access to the finest resources, the best teachers and the most innovate initiatives that will prepare them for a bright future in college and beyond.

However, there are too many students who lack this access to opportunity. Too many of our city’s — and our country’s — students grow up in under-resourced homes and attend under-resourced schools in under-resourced neighborhoods. This distressing gap in opportunities for success is why the Library is so committed to support education initiatives 

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Honoring Nelson Mandela

As The New York Public Library joins the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, we are pleased to share multimedia exhibits celebrating his life at the Schwarzman Building and at the Schomburg Center.

Mandela’s inspiring leadership was unique in the twentieth century and into our present age. He was so much more than what we have come to expect from each other, and from our leaders. He never wavered in his pursuit of democracy even as he understood it would 

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Supporting Our Students

Tony MarxThe NYPL has 20,000 kids who visit our neighborhood branches every day. Some days as a kid in Inwood, I was one of those.  

For some of these students, our branches are a place to do homework or attend programs. For others, they are comfortable places to hang out with their friends or use the computers. And for all of them, the library provides a place to stay safe after school.

Our library system serves a unique function in the lives of students that cannot be understated. Knowing this, NYPL, along with the Brooklyn and 

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From the Collections to the Classroom

Tony MarxFew sights bring me as much joy as that of an elementary school class field trip poring through the treasures in the Map Room at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Teachers always try to keep their students hushed, but the excitement of coming face-to-face with historical documents they’ve only read about it in textbooks often proves too much for these students to enjoy at the level of an appropriate inside voice. 

Libraries everywhere have always enjoyed a special relationship with their local schools, offering books and resources that school 

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Why They Visit

Yesterday, more than 7,500 people waited outside my office here in the main building of the Library. Today looks just as busy. They are not waiting for the latest blockbuster movie or even, as is often the case, in smaller numbers, to use our computers. This is something entirely different.

We have on public display, together, for the first time in decades, one of two surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson's hand and one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights drawn up by George Washington to send to the states for ratification. 

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