135 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212-674-0947
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11 AM–7 PM
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Day Hours
Monday 11 AM–7 PM
Tuesday 11 AM–7 PM
Wednesday 11 AM–7 PM
Thursday 11 AM–7 PM
Friday 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday CLOSED

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About the Library

Interior view of Ottendorfer

The Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library opened in 1884 as New York City's first free public library. Designed by German-born architect William Schickel, this landmark building combines Queen Anne and neo-Italian Renaissance styles with an exterior ornamented by innovative terracotta putti. The branch was a gift of Oswald Ottendorfer, owner of the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung newspaper.

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