New York City Library – Doors & Other Spaces

I really love libraries. 

But even if your not a big library fan, this place is worth a visit. There’s always something interesting going on at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.  

If your lucky (like I was once), or a more organized traveller, you can take in any number of free public talks. I happen to walk off the street at the right time.  But I’ve also I’ve enjoyed a number of intriguing exhibitions here. Most recently I saw the Love in Venice show, which explores some of what sets Venice’s history apart from that of the rest of Europe. But …. I digress. This post is about Doors ….


There are so many extraordinary doors and doorways here!


That ceiling!!  Let’s peak inside …


What a space!!




If you do find yourself here, make some time to visit Bryant Park. Located directly behind the library, this park is actually built on top of the library’s collection (which is housed in a climate controlled space underground).


I’ve heard this place referred to as NewYork’s Livingroom. You can see everyone here: from tourists to locals, from businessmen to schoolchildren.


There’s a children’s area, complete with carousel and outdoor library. 


And plenty of lovely places to enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee, some conversation, have your lunch, or maybe some quiet solitude in the midst of the busy city. 

You could read a book!! 

Norm’s Thursday Doors

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15 thoughts on “New York City Library – Doors & Other Spaces

  1. jesh stg June 16, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Have a love-hate relationship with libraries.Doing a dissertation meant spending countless hours in libraries. I remember it took me two years before I picked up another book. But this building is very nice.

  2. Osyth June 16, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Oh good grief! Talk about excelling yourself in a post … those pictures of the library in NY are sublime. That ceiling! It won’t surprise you to know that I could eulogise for hours about libraries. In fact I sometimes dream of just living in a library. Or Venice.

  3. dennyho June 16, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Books should be in every room…and they practically are in my house. Nice photos!

  4. Joanne Sisco June 16, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    The building itself is a delight, let alone the contents of the library. What a treasure!

  5. Susi Lovell June 17, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    What a library! Hard to know whether to read your book or look at doors, the ceiling or the pictures. This is fantastic! Great doors – and what fabulous reading areas. I love the idea of an outdoor library. This is obviously an absolute ‘must visit’ place for the next time I go to NYC. Good to know they have exhibitions and lectures too.

  6. Linda June 20, 2017 / 3:48 am

    I used to work across the street from that library and, more recently, did some wok in the area. I absolutely love it and urge visitors to New York to go there. Your pictures do it justice!

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