The New York Public Library Free Admission Thursday

The New York Public Library Free Admission Thursday
Jun 20

The New York Public Library Free Admission Thursday

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Free Admission Thursday at The New York Public Library - see INFO below. The site chosen for the home of the new Public Library was the Croton Reservoir, a popular strolling place that occupied a two-block section of Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Dr. John Shaw Billings, one of the most brilliant librarians of his day, was named director. Billings knew exactly what he wanted. His design, briefly sketched on a scrap of paper, became the early blueprint for the majestic structure that has become the landmark building, known for the lions without and the learning within. Billings's plan called for an enormous reading room topping seven floors of stacks and the most rapid delivery system in the world to get the Library's resources as swiftly as possible into the hands of those who requested them. More than one million books were set in place for the official dedication of the Library on May 23, 1911some 16 years to the day since the historic agreement creating the Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations had been signed. The ceremony was presided over by President William Howard Taft and was attended by Governor John Alden Dix and Mayor William J. Gaynor.

when: June 20 @ 10am - 5:45pm
where: The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Ave, New York, NY (map)
price: Free
INFO: Admission is free. Phone: 917-275-6975 Website
category: Arts & Culture
 

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