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Inside the New York Public Library

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The New York Public Library’s new video series offers a cinematic look behind-the-scenes of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, its history, and the special collections it houses. Explore civil war battle maps, genealogical records, handwritten manuscripts of classic novels, and more in this rare look into the heart of the one of the world’s most treasured research institutions.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Discover the story behind one of New York City's most iconic buildings, the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.



The Maps Collection

"Maps show us something that often times is gone... they relate us to a long arch of history, sometimes at a very specific level, so they place us both in space, and in time." - Matthew Knutzen




The Pforzheimer Collection

"It's really a collection that should be helpful for young people who want to change the world, which is what Shelley wanted to do." - Elizabeth Delinger.


The Periodicals Collection

"The idea is to provide as much access... and to give people the whole choice of what's out there." - Karen Gisonny


The Berg Collection

"If you are a person who's having relationships and has emotions and thinks about what it means to be alive and die and be in love, then you love literature." - Issac Gerwitz


The Milstein Division

"It's about constructing your personal narrative. It's about knowing who you are and where you came from." - Kate Cordes