This Day in History: NYPL Opens its Doors

lion.jpg On this day in 1911, what many think of as the “main branch” of the New York Public Library, first opened its doors to the public. A brief history of that day and what led up to it may be found here

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (as it is officially known) may be used by anyone, but none of its 43 million items (including 15 million books) may be checked out. It’s a research library, and materials are always there when you want them because they can’t be checked out. And that’s a good thing, in my opinion.

The library has changed many times in the last 96 years and one of its newest additions is the rich and diverse digital collections, which includes several award-winning online exhibitions. Another recent development is the creation of the Education Department, which reaches out to the K-12 community by offering classes and workshops. Happy Anniversary, HSSL!!

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