Honoring the Library's Legacy
On May 23, 2020, the Empire State Building—one of New York City's most iconic landmarks—joined the festivities to celebrate The New York Public Library's 125th anniversary of its founding. In honor of our 125 years of serving New York City and beyond, the Empire State Building's lights featured the Library's signature red and white hues, signaling the Library's essential role as a beacon for knowledge, inspiration, and opportunity for all since its founding in 1895.
See video of the Empire State Building lit up with the Library's iconic colors.
Last year, The New York Public Library brought its message to another New York City icon: Times Square. In honor of Library Card Sign-up Month in September, the Library lit up Broadway with a special campaign in partnership with Morgan Stanley.
The Library turns 125 during an unprecedented moment for both New York City and the world. Despite the current challenges, our lions, Patience and Fortitude, remain a steadfast symbol for all that The New York Public Library represents: a source of inspiration and strength for all.
To honor the 125th anniversary of our founding, we asked 125 people to tell us about a book that inspired them to #LoveReading. Join a wide array of booklovers—from acclaimed authors to actors, musicians, and our own expert librarians—to celebrate the power of reading that brings us together, even when we’re apart.
Since its founding in 1895, The New York Public Library has been a source of inspiration and strength for all. Here's a look back at some of the Library's important moments.