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About the Mid-Manhattan Library


Mid-Manhattan Branch
Patrons enjoy the library during their lunch hour.

Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Branch contains The New York Public Library’s largest circulating collections in the heart of Midtown. Click here to see the Library directory.

For free programs and exhibitions, check out the current issue of NOW in PDF.


The branch serves as a bridge between NYPL’s neighborhood libraries and its in-depth, non-circulating research collections in Manhattan. 

One in a million images in the collection
One in a million images at the branch

Materials are geared toward students and adults, with a broad selection of popular books, older and classic fiction, DVDs, CDs, magazines and newspapers, and online databases. There is a large selection of books and DVDs in many languages, with  smaller collections for children and teens. 

The nonfiction collection, which is shelved in open stacks, covers 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. 

The Picture Collection, with more than 1 million images in print and online, is an unparalleled resource. Library cardholders may check out as many as 60 prints, photographs, postcards and illustrations at one time — and more than 44,000 images are available online.


TechConnect class
Learn computer skills.

Mid-Manhattan Library’s fourth floor provides a large number of public access computers and laptops available for free. Use is limited to one 30- or 45-minute session per day with sign-up available in person or online. Computer training and classes about library resources are offered in our training rooms for both Mac and PC users with sign-up available online.


Mid-Manhattan Library offers a full schedule of free evening and weekend public programs on a wide variety of topics. Search for events at this branch, or check out our flyers.


Due to Mid-Manhattan's upcoming renovation we will not be proctoring exams in August 2017. 

Information on proctor availability in our interim location at the Stephan A. Schwarzman Building will be available soon.


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 can either hand in the completed form at the library or email a copy to Due to the large number of requests, advance notice is required if you wish to schedule your test with us. Exams can be scheduled for between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

Library Hours

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Community District Information

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