135 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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11 AM–7 PM
Day Date Hours
Monday 6/17 11 AM–7 PM
Tuesday 6/18 11 AM–7 PM
Wednesday 6/19 CLOSED
Thursday 6/13 11 AM–7 PM
Friday 6/14 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday 6/15 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday 6/16 CLOSED
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Please note: Due to new Library policy, e-bikes, e-scooters, and electronic transportation devices are not permitted inside any NYPL location. This does not apply to mobility aids.

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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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