Founded in 1754, we are the city%u2019s oldest library and one of only sixteen membership libraries in the country. We are open to all for reading, reference, and selected events, with circulation and other services by subscription.
Our general collection of approximately 300,000 volumes has particular strengths in biography, literature, and New York City history and culture. The membership has included many notable authors past and present, such as Washington Irving, John James Audubon, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Lillian Hellman, and W.H. Auden.
Further information on the Library%u2019s history, building, services, and policies is available on our website.