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Ottendorfer Library

135 Second Avenue (near E. 8th St. - St. Marks Place)
New York, NY 10003-8304
(212) 674-0947

Not accessible to wheelchairs

Library Manager: Kristin Kuehl

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The Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library opened in 1884 as New York City's first free public library.

Designed by German-born architect William Schickel, this landmark building combines Queen Anne and neo-Italian Renaissance styles with an exterior ornamented by innovative terracotta putti. The Branch was a gift of Oswald Ottendorfer, owner of the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung. At the time, the neighborhood was called Kleindeutschland (Little Germany) and had a population of over 150,000 people of German descent. Ottendorfer wished to provide this community with books to cultivate their minds and assist assimilation into American culture. Half of the 8,000 original books were in German with the other half in English. In the same tradition, the branch continues to reflect its community and remains a vital educational and cultural resource for the East Village today.The building, which is a designated New York City landmark, has been completely renovated through the 

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m. Make and Take Craft
2 p.m. Knitting Circle
Monday, April 28, 2014
10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime
10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime
11:30 a.m. Baby Storytime
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