Raise your hand if your first memory of the New York Public Library was a scene from Ghostbusters. (Please tell me its not just me!)
If a ghost going through the stacks isnt your first thought, then I am willing to bet the majestic lions on sentry duty outside of the library on 42nd Street are. Today the library on Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. New York Public Library turns 102. It first opened its doors May 23, 1911 and instantly captured the imagination of bibliophiles everywhere. Being one of those bibliophiles myself, I love that this institution exists for researchers and the book curious alike. In fact I love that ALL libraries exist for researchers and the book curious alike!
If you havent had a chance yet, check out the NYPLs website. It is a wealth of information and you dont have to be a New Yorker to take advantage their online collections. There you will find facts about the history of the library. Through NYPL Labs you can check out all of the innovations revolving around its archives and special collections. You can even get book recommendations from their librarians right on the front page!
Do you have any specific memories of the New York Public Library? Tell us in the comments!