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Libraries Are for Everyone


This post is part of a series where we review what has happened at The New York Public Library in 2017.

Libraries are for everyone

For more than 100 years, The New York Public Library has served as a safe haven for all who seek knowledge, information, and personal growth. In today's often turbulent times, it’s vital to reaffirm our commitment to helping all who seek our services.

No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe, our doors are open to you, because libraries truly are for everyone.

The strongest way to demonstrate this unwavering commitment is not through words, but through actions. This year, our community outreach services were more vibrant than ever, including our literacy education services for all ages, ESOL classes for non-native English speakers, and citizenship programming for new Americans.

Without the generosity of our supporters, none of these achievements would be possible. On behalf of all of us at the Library, we thank you for the role you've played in furthering this important work and ensuring that the Library remains an open, welcoming, freely accessible fount of opportunity for generations to come.


This holiday season, The New York Public Library has a big goal: We're raising $530,670 to ensure that all neighborhood branches can offer the free materials, educational programs, and classes that people depend on. We need your help to raise these essential funds—will you donate today? Every dollar helps. Thank you for supporting our libraries and the people they serve.


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