135 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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11 AM–7 PM
Day Date Hours
Monday 5/27 CLOSED
Tuesday 5/28 11 AM–7 PM
Wednesday 5/22 11 AM–7 PM
Thursday 5/23 11 AM–7 PM
Friday 5/24 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday 5/25 CLOSED
Sunday 5/26 CLOSED
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Discover all the Library has to offer! Visit your local branch for books, Wi-Fi, computers, classes, stimulating and entertaining programs, and much more for all ages. 

Did you know? The Library no longer charges late fines! Find out more and plan your visit. 

Please note: Due to new Library policy, e-bikes, e-scooters, and electronic transportation devices are not permitted inside any NYPL location. This does not apply to mobility aids.

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Current Showcases

  • LUNGS: Spring Awakening

    Ottendorfer Library

    This exhibit includes various photos from Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS). LUNGS is a grassroots organization formed to…

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About the Library

Interior view of Ottendorfer

The Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library opened in 1884 as New York City's first free public library. Designed by German-born architect William Schickel, this landmark building combines Queen Anne and neo-Italian Renaissance styles with an exterior ornamented by innovative terracotta putti. The branch was a gift of Oswald Ottendorfer, owner of the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung newspaper.

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