Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
455 Fifth Avenue
Lower Level
New York, NY 10016
Fully Accessible
Open today
8 AM–9 PM
Regular Hours
Children's Center
Day Hours
Monday: 8 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–9 PM
Friday: 8 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM–6 PM

The Children’s Center is open for nearly full service—including general use and seating, unlimited browsing, and computer access—at the completely transformed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).

From storytime to homework help, the Children’s Center features an array of programs and services to help kids and their families develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, including:

  • Early literacy programs
  • Programs for school-aged children
  • Performances and special events
  • Homework resources
  • Class and group visits
  • Youth study room


Welcome to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)

Line of women, stuffed giraffe, and red dog walking across a busy Manhattan street, reminiscent of the Beatles' Abby Road cover.

The New York Public Library is expanding service and opening additional floors at its completely transformed central circulating library, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). On June 1, 2021, the lower level through the fifth floor opened for limited browsing and by-appointment computer use, including the all-new Children's Center and Teen Center—giving New Yorkers their first look at most spaces and amenities of their new central circulating library. Learn more about the newly renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).

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