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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
(917) 275-6975

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The Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will be temporarily closed. More information is available on the updates page.

General Research Division (GRD) onsite materials are still available for use in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. We encourage you to submit requests in advance of your visit via our online form.

Otherwise, you may request GRD materials in Room 217 or in any of the Schwarzman Building’s other reading rooms.

For offsite requests, please consult our Classic Catalog and submit your request for any item by clicking the gray Request From Off-Site Storage button in the catalog record. Materials will be available for pickup in Room 217.

Laptop computers are available for use in place of our desktop computers. If you prefer to use desktops, you can visit the Mid-Manhattan Library across Fifth Avenue at the corner of 40th Street.

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The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is part of The New York Public Library, which consists of four major research libraries and 87 branch libraries located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Often referred to as the "main branch," the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection.  The non-circulating graduate-level collections were initially formed from the consolidation of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and have evolved into one of the world's preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience -- from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, August 22, 2014
12:30 p.m. Docent Led Tour of ABC of It Exhibition
2 p.m. Summer Reading Challenge Open House
2:15 p.m. Edith Wharton: A Writing Life
2:30 p.m. Docent Led Tour of ABC of It Exhibition
Saturday, August 23, 2014
11:30 a.m. Family Read Aloud
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