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How We Expand Access to Our Public Domain

Learn how the work of the Copyright and Information Policy team contributed to the recent public domain release, and continues to expand access to our collections.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Aaron Douglas to Alta Sawyer Douglas

Today’s episode features a memorable love note from leading Harlem Renaissance painter, illustrator, and graphic artist Aaron Douglas to his wife and life partner Alta Sawyer Douglas, an esteemed educator and Harlemite. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Arturo Schomburg to Langston Hughes

Today’s letter features correspondence between Arturo Alfonso Schomburg and Langston Hughes. In the excerpt below, Schomburg speaks with Hughes regarding acquisitions for The Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints—the forerunner to today’s Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Nomadic Classification: Classmark History and New Browsing Tool

Classification, the basic process of categorization, is simple in theory but becomes complex in practice. At their core these various systems of categorization are simply based on good faith judgments. Whoever organized your local grocery thought: “Cookies seem pretty similar to crackers, I will put them together in the same aisle.”Read More ›

16 Laugh Out Loud #InternetABook Titles

The hashtag game #InternetABook asks you to internet-ify your favorite books. At NYPL, we love a pun almost as much as we love books, so we've created a few of our own and selected some of the finest contributions on Twitter.Read More ›

January Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Last year, the Mid-Manhattan Library hosted distinguished scholars and authors at the Author @ The Library series. Some of the topics presented included photography, education, science and technology, New York City, performing and visual arts, politics and government, religion and sports. Read More ›

Tabrizia's Favorite Books of 2015

Books that made one librarian fall in love with reading all over again this year.Read More ›

Introducing Ourselves: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 1

On the very first episode of NYPL's brand-new podcast, Frank and Gwen talk about book shame, their reading origin stories, the glory of Jefferson Market, and why some young people are saying "swell" without irony.Read More ›

Library Stories: "Destined to be a Librarian"

"Other kids played school and house and all of those things. I played library." - Dawn Collins (Zimmerer)Read More ›

The Library's New Mellon Director

The Library's Mellon Director leads the Library's four research centers and their 460 staff members—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Science, Industry and Business Library; and the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Read More ›

Books & Authors: A Great Alternative to Goodreads

Did you know you can access a database for book lovers with your library card?Read More ›

Characters Who Love Reading As Much As We Do

We share one thing in common with some of our favorite characters from literature: a love of reading. Here are a few of our favorites. Who are yours?Read More ›

#GivingTuesday: Dedicate a NYPL Bookplate

Want to give back for #GivingTuesday and honor someone in your life who loves books and learning? We’ve got the perfect thing for you: until December 4, we’re offering custom bookplates that will put your loved one’s name into a library book!Read More ›

Meet the Schomburg's Newest Archivists!

Our newest archivists, Tiana Taliep and Alexsandra Mitchell, tell us what it’s like to research and preserve some of the finest materials across the African Diaspora, and their journey to the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Cloud Nothings

f you're looking for alternative rock that channels the angst of your favorite '90s bands without being unabashedly derivative, Cloud Nothings fits the bill. Is Dylan Baldi intensely bookish, as well? Read on to find out, and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers

November is National Blog Posting Month, so we're celebrating with some of our favorite blogs for the bibliophile.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Carlos Alazraqui Edition

Find out what the Rocko's Modern Life and Reno 911 star likes to read.Read More ›

Announcing Bookshare: A New Partnership for Accessible eBooks!

NYPL is proud to announce a new partnership with Bookshare, making 370,000 accessible e-books free to patrons with print disabilities.Read More ›

Podcast #85: The 2015 Library Lions on Truth and Inspiration

Each year Library Lions honors several distinguished individuals for outstanding achievements in their respective fields of arts, letters, and scholarship. This year we are thrilled to recognize Alan Bennett, Judith A. Jamison, Maira Kalman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Gloria Steinem as our Library Lions class of 2015.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Colleen Green

While pop music may not have a reputation for particularly deep lyrics, Colleen Green smashes this stereotype. It comes as no surprise that such a skilled writer has been a lifelong reader. Check out her literary predilections and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›
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